The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has launched what it believes will be the most competitive application process yet as it embarks on a 14 month exercise to decide the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme.
Currently there are 22 sports on the Paralympic Games programme with athletics, archery, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis all set to take place at Tokyo 2020.
Badminton and taekwondo will make their Paralympic debut in Tokyo, while canoe and triathlon will both again feature having made their first Paralympic appearance at Rio 2016.
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “We believe that the application process to be included in the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme will be the most competitive yet with up to 35 International Federations and International Organisations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSD) all vying for places.
“In line with the growth of the Paralympic Games, the standard and development of all Para sports have increased as well in recent years. As a result, we are conducting the most comprehensive application process in Paralympic history to ensure that the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games features the best possible sports with the strongest global appeal.
“For the last 24 months the IPC’s Paralympic Games Committee together with the IPC Management Team has been working hard to determine the criteria sports must meet in order to be included in the Paralympic Games. The result is that no sport is guaranteed its place at Paris 2024.
“The IPC Governing Board aims to shape a competitive and attractive sports programme that will inspire and excite the world in 2024. We strongly support the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) commitment to stimulate women’s participation and involvement in sport by creating more opportunities at the Games. The IPC also shares the IOC desire through Olympic Agenda 2020 to closely monitor and reduce the costs of staging the Games. All International Federations should be mindful of these two areas when applying.”