Today in Lausanne, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, and the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Phil Craven, signed an amendment to the IOC/IPC Agreement of 19 June 2001 on the organisation of the Paralympic Games.
This amendment is aimed at ensuring that Organising Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs) pay the IPC nine million US dollars for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008, and 14 million dollars for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in 2010 and the Games of the XXX Olympiad in 2012 for broadcasting and marketing related to the 2008, 2010 and 2012 Paralympic Games.
The IOC President said "This is a big day for the Olympic Movement. The IOC is happy to be able to support the IPC for these forthcoming editions of the Paralympic Games and, in doing so, to strengthen its relations with the Paralympic Movement”.
"The amendment lays an excellent foundation for the IPC's quest to fully develop the Paralympic Movement - a huge task, which we can now begin to explore. It also emphasises the close partnership which continues between the IOC and the IPC", said Mr Craven.
In October 2000, on the occasion of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, a Cooperation Agreement, outlining the principles of further relations between the two organisations, was signed. This represented a significant step in the IOC's policy to support sport for athletes with a disability.
A second agreement was signed in June 2001, recognising the need to build synergy in the organisation of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, where appropriate. Although this agreement was not supposed to come into effect until Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010, the OCOGs of the forthcoming Games, starting successfully with Salt Lake City in 2002, immediately chose to implement the concept of having one Organising Committee for both Games.
The Paralympic Games are elite sports events for athletes from six different disability groups. They aim to emphasise the participants' athletic achievements rather than their disability. The number of athletes competing in the Summer Paralympic Games has increased from 400 in Rome in 1960 to 3,843 in Sydney in 2000, with a record 123 countries participating.