Sport knows no boundaries,
only spirit, effort and persistence.
It is with a deep sadness that we inform you of an enormous loss to our sporting community. On Thursday 26 March 2020, the former EPC Executive Board member and President of SU-DS, Dr. Geoff Smedley sadly passed away following a battle with Corona Virus.
The Paralympic movement has lost a great man, a man who worked tirelessly his whole life to promote the development of Paralympic sport, especially the sport for athletes with Down Syndrome.
He was a great friend, always full of jokes which made us all laugh. He was a true inspiration!
The European Paralympic Family will never forget you!!
RIP Geoff Smedley!
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have been rescheduled to take place between 24 August and 5 September 2021.
The dates were confirmed on Monday (30 March) by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
This decision was taken under three main considerations:
To protect the health of the athletes and everyone involved and to support the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic and Paralympic sport.
The global international sports calendar.
These new dates give health authorities and all involved in the organisation of the Games the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also minimise any disruption that the postponement will cause to the international sports calendar. Additionally, they will provide sufficient time to finish the qualification process. The same heat mitigation measures as planned for 2020 will be implemented.
IPC President Andrew Parsons said:
“It is fantastic news that we could find new dates so quickly for the Tokyo 2020 Games. The new dates provide certainty for the athletes, reassurance for the stakeholders and something to look forward to for the whole world."
“When the Paralympic Games do take place in Tokyo next year, they will be an extra special display of humanity uniting as one, a global celebration of human resilience and a sensational showcase of sport."
“With the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 512 days away, the priority for all those involved in the Paralympic Movement must be to focus on staying safe with their friends and family during this unprecedented and difficult time."
“Now that the dates are confirmed, the IPC will work with the International Federations to establish new qualification criteria which will fully respect those that have already qualified for the Games.”
Official Statement COVID-19
Dear European Paralympic friends,
We hope that you are healthy and safe.
The European Paralympic Committee has to inform you that most of the Paralympic sports events in Europe are cancelled or postponed. For more detailed information please check the respective NPC or IF/NF.
The Paralympic Games are still scheduled for 25 August – 6 September 2020. Our EPC office can be reached by telephone and email as usual. Since COVID-19 is especially dangerous for people with chronic diseases, we are especially concerned for our athletes with severe disabilities. We will encourage them to closely follow the rules of the WHO and the respective National Health Services. The IPC will publish every Thursday a weekly update on the situation regarding COVID-19 on www.paralympic.org.
Please, be as safe as possible: wash your hands, stay at home or at least at a distance from other people, check your health status and react appropriately in case of symptoms.
Not only for yourselves, but also think at other people around you.
EPC Executive Board President
IFCPF offers a grant for countries to host a CP Football workshop
We would like to share with you that the applications for a grant for countries to host a CP Football workshop are now open. IFCPF organises CP Football coach education courses in partnership with National Paralympic Committees, Football Federations, Disability Organisations or anyone who leads on CP football in their country. Besides a grant of 2000€ for the host country, IFCPF offers also the flights of two course instructors. The support from IFCPF workshops aims to give an initial introduction to CP Football and equip managers, coaches, classifiers, referees and others involved with the information to develop CP Football in your country.
In March 2020 it is currently planned a workshop hosted by Denmark. IFCPF is interested in developing CP Football in specific European regions, especially in East Europe and South East Europe. Although workshops are hosted in a specific country, they are open for participants from other countries also.
Countries interested to host a workshop or coach education course have to submit the application form attached below, along with the required supporting documentation, to the IFCPF secretariat before November 1st of the year prior to the commencement of the grant’s activities.
120 Athletes from 15 countries took part at the
First Winter Para Sport Opening Ceremony in Poland Czarna Gora, ParaSki4Europe event.
ParaSki4Europe Poland 2020
European Winter Para Sport
ParSki4Europe Poland 2020
European Winter Para Sports Event will be held on 24th February - 2nd March 2020 in Poland. Together we can strengthen sports movement of people with disabilities. Giving the young and also adults an opportunity to participate in such an event, showing sport can influence their life, can develop their minds, can make them believe nothing is impossible we provide everybody the idea change start with sport.
For the first time, the Paralympic sport program will be co-funded by the Erasmus+sport . We cannot waste this opportunity. We hope you will be able to join us.
There will also be accompanying activities, motivating meetings with Paralympians.
The EPC wishes a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020 !
Information European Universities Games Belgrade
We would like to share with you that registrations for the European Universities Games Belgrade 2020 are now open. We are happy to inform you that from the 21 sports in the programme, Para Judo and Para Table Tennis are also included. Official dates are as follows: Para Judo between July 17-19; Para Table Tennis between July 12-16.
EUSA is proud of the recent participation of para student athletes in EUSA competitions, such as Table Tennis and Swimming at the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016, and again Table Tennis at the European Universities Games Coimbra 2018. Despite this, EUSA wishes that more para student’s athletes could participate with our support.
Progress of the European Universities Games Belgrade 2020 is going extremely well, and we are confident it will be the best edition of the event. The local organising committees are both experienced and focused on providing the best possible event experience for all participants, including those competing in the para competitions
EPC President Ratko Kovačić congratulates the Paralympic Committee of Montenegro on their 10th anniversary celebrations
’Mr. Kovačić handed Mr. Tomic a plaque from the European Paralympic Committee.
The President of the Paralympic Committee of Montenegro, Igor Tomic said that he is proud of Montenegrin Paralympics, its athletes and their achievements in the 10 years since it was first recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
On 22nd of November 2009 at the General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur, NPC Montenegro became a full-fledged member of the IPC.
At the 10-year anniversary celebration Tomic said that the road was not easy, it was full of challenges and sometimes thorny.
‘People say that the happiness is bigger, and sadness smaller when you share it with someone. We are proud that you are here to share in our joy at this 10-year anniversary since NPC Montenegro was first recognized by the IPC. The road was not easy, it was full of challenges and sometimes thorny but at the same time it was motivating. We would not have reached this point without the state’s support, which we notice today because of the Ministry of Sports and Youth and Minister Nikola Janovic.’
He also said that he could never forget the help of Mr. Ratko Kovacic, the president of the European Paralympic Committee.
‘I am glad that he is here today with our athletes’, Tomic said.
He recognized the help of the Montenegro Olympic Committee and the first sponsor Electric Transmission System of Montenegro.
Tomic greeted the presidents of neighboring NPCs, institutes for people with disabilities and the mayors of the hometowns of our athletes.
„I am proud of the Paralympic phenomenon in the whole of Montenegro. I must thank parents of our athletes for trusting us. Together we fought battles and enjoyed in your and our victories. Our coaches are big names in the world sports scene, who have made a great impression on our children and taught them so much. Be proud of everything you did.
He noted that the Paralympians made the movement what it is by working , patiently and with wisdom
‘Live your dreams and take care of our movement. Take care of it because of all the children who are dreaming about living their dreams right now. also It also is a beautiful story for our country and not only from a sports perspective but also in its humanity and solidarity, both of which are traditions in Montenegro. This is only the first 10 years; we are going forward.’
As a sign of appreciation for supporting NPC Montenegro, he handed the Minister of Sports and Youth, Mr. Nikola Janovic, a plaque.
‘I do not see this plaque as a recognition of the institution I represent, I see it as a confirmation of a partnership between NPC Montenegro and the Ministry of Sports and Youth. I am very pleased that I have the chance to give a speech on this great anniversary. I can say that the financial support today is 10 times bigger than it was when the NPC was formed,’ said Janovic.
He stressed that the will, perseverance and persistence of the Montenegran Paralympians should be an example to everybody.
‘The results they achieve are to their merit, which belong to them, their families, their coaches and the NPC, and the state is proud of them,’ said Janovic.
The first man of the European Paralympic Committee, Mr. Ratko Kovacic also received an award.
He said that this celebration is the result of hard work and that sports is the best tool against all kinds of addictions.
‘I congratulate all those athletes who have achieved great results over the past 10 years. You have only recently entered the European and global sports scene and you are already winning medals. I hope you will all win a Paralympic medal and I know that this is going to happen soon. Thank you for the plaque. I want to stress the great contribution of parents who have such a big role in the development of an athlete, as well as the coaches and assistants whose work allows young people with disabilities to be athletes,’ said Kovacic.
He said that Montenegro is proud of its Paralympians and that they should be given all the support they need.
‘Let mecongratulate you on your amazing work and success, contribution and friendship. I wish you all the best in the future.’ Mr. Kovacic handed a plaque to Mr. Tomic from the European Paralympic Committee.
The documentary ‘Living our dreams’ was shown for the first time at the event. The movie tells the story of NPC Montenegro’s beginningsand its first 10 years.
Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships
Dubai World Para Athletics Championships are held from 7-15th of November 2019. Check out the great results of European Countries: Ukraine; Great Britain; Russia; Germany; Finland; Poland; Netherlands; Italy; Bulgaria; Latvia; Switzerland; Belgium; France; Hungary; Czech Republic; Ireland; Serbia; Norway; Spain; Greece; Croatia; Denmark; Luxembourg; Portugal; Turkey and Azerbaijan, by clicking on this link: https://www.paralympic.org/dubai-2019/schedule/info-live-results/atdu19/eng/zz/engzz_athletics-medal-count.htm
InSport Project - 1st Multiplier Event 2019 -
September 25, Portugal, Lisbon
European Para Youth Games 2019 Lahti, Finland
Finland’s midnight sun finally set on Sunday night as the European Para Youth Games 2019 came to an end, following 3 closely fought competition days across 8 sports, with Italy topping the medal table with 14 Gold, 8 Silver and 8 Bronze medals.
The event, hosted at the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training center from the 25-30th June, was the fifth and largest edition of the Games to date with over 600 participants from 27 countries taking part. The games were loved by athletes and spectators alike and were filled with fantastic highlights, including a World Record in the W20 F64 and ended with EPC President Ratko Kovacic declaring at the closing ceremony that EPYG 2019 was ‘the best games ever’ hosted.
Overseen by the European Paralympic Committee, the European Paralympic Youth Games are seen as an introductory international event for many aspiring para athletes, with the combination of new and rising stars in the Paralympic movement leading to an exciting competition for athletes and spectators alike. Conceived in 2011, the Games are part of the Committee’s aim to develop the Paralympic Movement by creating a platform to inspire young European athletes aged 13-23 to take part in Paralympic Sport and begin their Paralympic journey.
The 2019 edition of the Games included eight sports consisting of athletics, boccia, goalball, judo, showdown (demonstration sport), swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball.
The Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center, Finland’s only Olympic AND Paralympic Training Center, is famous for its elite athlete training facilities and conveniently located accommodation services, all surrounded by beautiful Finnish nature and located on the shores of a fresh water lake. During EPYG 2019 the Training Center was transformed into an Athletes Village and utilised all of Pajulahti’s facilities as Training/Competition venues, with Swimming and Athletics taking place at external venues.
Whilst teams arrived on Monday 24th June to begin their training and acclimatisation, EPYG 2019 was officially opened on Thursday evening following an opening ceremony full of passion, pride and perseverance. As the participating countries processed into the main Pajulahti Hall the atmosphere was electric as many countries became more and more excited singing songs and waving national flags. The host nation sought to utilise the opening ceremony to highlight and celebrate the success of Finnish disabled people and inspire event participants with performances from former World Champions and European medallists Para-Dance couple TimoPyykkönen and Tuuli Harju.
The opening ceremony drew attention to the fact the host venue, the Pajulahti Olympic and Paralympic Training Center was celebrating its 90th anniversary since its founding in 1929 as a women’s gymnastics facility.
The spirit of the games was best summed up by NPC Finland Secretary General TeroKuorikoski, who concluded his speech to the event participants with: ‘Dare to achieve the impossible; aspire to be the best you can be; and ultimately make sure you have fun along the way’.
The following morning, the Games kicked off with 7 out of 8 sports beginning their competition. The strongest performers in the Games unsurprisingly came from the largest delegations of Italy, France and Germany with 14, 12 and 11 Gold medals respectively. Host nation Finland came a respectable 4th in the medal table with a total of 18 medals. The 3 best countries in ranking were Italy, France and Germany: