The International Paralympic Committee
Founded in 1989, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has the vision to enable Paralympic athletes worldwide to achieve sporting excellence and to inspire and excite the world.
The IPC is one of the largest democratic non-profit sport organizations in the world. In 2001, Sir Philip Craven from Great Britain was elected president to lead the organization. Its membership includes, amongst others, more than 160 National Paralympic Committees (NPCs).
The IPC organizes, supervises, and coordinates the Paralympic Summer and Winter Games, but also other competitions including world and regional championships in 9 sports. Representing the vast majority of athletes with a disability, it has taken sport to a new and higher level, providing unique opportunities from a developmental to an elite sport level.
By promoting the Paralympic values of courage, determination, inspiration, and equality, the IPC is a central organ for supporting the integration of persons with a disability, and strengthens their position in society by changing public perception.