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The Paralympian Issue No. 2 | 2014

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37 THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014 36 THE PARALYMPIAN 02|2014 FUTURE GAMES FUTURE GAMES Tokyo 2020 NPCs impressed by Brazil's progress National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) visited Rio in May for the fi rst NPC Open Day in the history of the Paralympic Movement. More than 40 delegates from 17 countries spanning the fi ve continents spent two days in Rio being updated on the project by the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and visiting competition sites across the city. While Rio 2016 and previous Games organising committees had already hosted numerous open days for National Olympic Committees, this was the fi rst time such an event had been tailored specifi cally for NPCs – the organisations that prepare the athletes from their respective countries for the Games. Volunteer recruitment to begin The Rio 2016 Organising Committee launched the volunteer section of its website and will begin recruiting volunteers for the next Games on 28 August. Volunteers will be recruited in two categories – FUTURE GAMES FUTURE GAMES web web >> Passing the baton to PyeongChang Delegates from PyeongChang 2018 took part in the IPC's Observers Programme at Sochi 2014, which allowed them to experience fi rst- hand the planning and operations behind staging a Paralympic Win- ter Games. They participated in 30 venue and operational visits, took part in a number of workshops and were involved in a series of round- table discussions, all with the aim of giving them in-depth knowledge about how each functional area operates during the Games. PyeongChang 2018 also took part in the Sochi 2014 Closing Ceremony as the Games were handed from one host city to the next. Visually impaired pianist Oleg Akkuratov played the Paralympic Anthem as the Paralym- pic Flag was lowered and passed on to the Mayor of PyeongChang. The South Korean fl ag was then raised as PyeongChang 2018 performers gave a magical performance. Executive board All 34 members of the Executive Board of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games met in March to fi nalise the Board's composition with the appoint- ment of six Vice Presidents, a Director General and three Senior Executive Board Members. Yasushi Yamawaki, IPC Governing Board Member and Vice President of Japan's Paralympic Committee, was among those selected for the Executive Board. web web >> 2014 2015 2016 Registration begins Values and language tests Interviews Selection process approval Live and e-learning training Final selection approvals Live and e-learning trainings Test Events In October, the IPC Governing Board will meet to decide which sports will make up the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic sports programme. 1964 anniversary November will mark 50 years since the Tokyo 1964 Games, which at- tracted 375 athletes from 21 countries who competed in nine sports. To mark the anniversary, the IPC will team up with Tokyo 2020 to highlight the growth of the Paralympic Movement in the last 50 years and how the performances of athletes have increased ahead of the 2020 Games. New sports The IPC advanced the sports of badminton and taekwondo to the sec- ond phase of the application process to become a part of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games programme. For taekwondo, only the Kyorugi discipline is being considered for inclusion. The 22 established sports on the Paralympic programme, plus badminton and taekwondo, have been invited to complete a comprehensive questionnaire before 25 July. general volunteers and specialist volunteers. The former will work in event services, while the latter will cater to specifi c knowledge areas, such as medical services, health professionals, sport language services or IT professionals. Volunteers must be 18 years old by May 2016 and have basic education. On 11 April, which marked 1,400 days to go until the beginning of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, a ceremony was held to offi cially raise the Olympic and Paralympic fl ags in front of the Gangwon Provincial Government building. The event was attended by more than 500 people, including South Korea's sports industry experts and offi cials, as well as athletes and other Games stakeholders. The country's top ice sledge hockey player, Seung-Hwan Jung, hoisted the Paralympic fl ag. The ceremony concluded with attendees shouting out slogans in unison, pledging a successful delivery of the 2018 Games. In July, PyeongChang will host a debrief session, allowing for refl ec- tion and discussion of key outcomes from the Sochi 2014 Games. VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT TIMELINE

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