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Record 33 sports bid for LA28 Paralympic Games inclusion

• Final decision on the LA28 Paralympic sport programme will be taken by the end of January 2023

A record 33 Para sports have submitted applications to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to be considered for inclusion in the LA28 Paralympic Games sport programme.

International Federations with sports on the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games programme, as well as recognised International Federations, had until 4 July 2022 to submit completed applications to the IPC.

All International Federations with sports in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games programme put forward applications, together with arm wrestling, climbing, CP football, golf, karate, Para dance sport, powerchair football, sailing, surfing, and wheelchair handball. In addition, World ParaVolley, the International Federation responsible for sitting volleyball, also presented an application for beach ParaVolley to be included.

Over the summer the IPC will review the applications in accordance with the IPC Handbook and identify areas for further clarification from applicants where needed. The IPC will also work closely with LA28 to analyse the potential impact of sports on the programme. A final decision on which sports make up the LA28 Paralympic Games sport programme will be taken by the IPC Governing Board by the end of January 2023.

Colleen Wrenn, the IPC’s Chief Paralympic Games Delivery Officer, said: “To receive a record 33 submissions to be part of the LA28 Paralympic Games sport programme underlines the growing strength of sports within the Paralympic Movement.

“Our goal for the LA28 Paralympic Games is to shape a competitive and attractive sport programme that showcases the diversity of the Paralympic Movement.

“The Paralympic Games is the world’s most transformational event, and we firmly believe that the LA28 Paralympics will be a real game-changer for the Paralympic Movement in terms of awareness, profile and impact. It’s vital therefore that the Paralympic sport programme showcases the best of what our Movement has to offer.”

The LA28 Paralympic Games will take place between 15-27 August 2028.

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