The International Triathlon Union’s membership with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) became official as it was ratified at the 15th IPC General Assembly in Beijing this past weekend.
ITU President and IOC member Marisol Casado, who attended the General Assembly in China with Dr. Sarah Springman, ITU Vice-President and Executive Board Representative to the ITU Paratriathlon Committee, said she was honoured to be present for what was an important moment for ITU, the sport of Paratriathlon and all paratriathletes.
"Since the announcement that Paratriathlon would be included on the programme at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, ITU has been working with the IPC to improve competition and standards for paratriathletes worldwide and staging that first Paralympic competition," she said.
Hundreds of participants attended both the conference and a general assembly, as IPC President Sir Phillip Craven opened the week’s proceedings in Beijing by saying that the Paralympic Movement’s best times are still to come.
"If Beijing in 2008 marked the moment the Paralympic Movement grew up and the world took notice, then I believe the coming years will see us grow in maturity and captivate billions as our athletes continue to inspire and excite the world," he said.
"We can feel rightly proud of our achievements so far, however, we should feel a greater sense of excitement about what we still have to achieve together.”