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Paralympic sports - 25. June 2007.

IPC and VANOC Conduct Productive Workshop

Bonn, Germany -

A ten-member delegation from the IPC spent four days in Vancouver, Canada, to meet with several VANOC Departments and to transfer knowledge in the areas of Medical and Paralympic Family Services involving also members of the Beijing 2008 Organizing Committee. Furthermore, technical side meetings were conducted in areas, such as Media Services, Education, NPC Services and Sports.

During the Project Review, the IPC received an overview of the Paralympic Games and an introduction to the operational planning process. In various parallel working group sessions, the IPC also received an update on the preparation progress from VANOC in key areas, such as Education, Sports and Venues, Medical Services, Media, Accommodation, Transport, Ceremonies and Accessibility. In the final plenary sessions, outcomes were discussed and priorities set for the further planning process.
"The workshop was an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss concepts. After our meetings with VANOC, we are really confident that they have the ability to stage excellent Games in 2010 and bring the Paralympic Movement to a higher level", commented IPC Paralympic Games Co-ordination Director Arno Wolter.

"The project review confirmed that our Paralympic Games planning is on track," concluded VANOC CEO John Furlong. "The discussions with the IPC re-affirmed our shared vision and commitment to providing an extraordinary Games experience for the athletes and all of our visitors while elevating the profile of the Paralympic Movement worldwide."

Highlights of the visit included a venue tour to key city and mountain venues.

For more information about the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games and the Organizing Committee, please visit the official website at www.vancouver2010.com.
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