The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) recently met to discuss the future of Para-Snowboard.
In July 2010 the IPC and the WSF signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a working cooperation agreement towards the development of Para-Snowboard. Following the recent inclusion of Para-Snowboard in the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the IPC and the WSF agreed upon the following points for the future of the sport:
- The IPC will govern the sport until 2014 with support and an open communication platform with the WSF.
- Following the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games there will be an evaluation regarding the options for the future of the sport of Para-Snowboard.
- The WSF will continue to develop the Para-Snowboard business plan as part of their application for the inclusion in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games program.
- The WSF Board of Directors and leadership will continue to make the development of Para-Snowboard a priority within their strategic planning.
Updates on the progress and the development of Para-Snowboard and the cooperation between the IPC and WSF will be provided regularly.
About the World Snowboard Federation
The World Snowboard Federation (WSF) is the international organization exclusively working to develop the sport of snowboarding at all levels. Program areas include: competitions, Para-Snowboard, judge and shapers, education and certification, and snowboard activities for riders of every age. The WSF represents a network of National Snowboard Associations (NSAs) who work together at a worldwide level to promote the development of snowboarding. NSA members can find a source of inspiration and support from the WSF for the activities they are conducting within their nation and by working towards the same goal: progression of snowboarding from the ground up. The WSF collaborates with the TTR Pro Snowboarding, the owner and operator of the TTR World Snowboard Tour and the TTR World Ranking System. Through this collaboration and coordination of events at the TTR World Snowboard Tour, The WSF and the TTR want to create an environment that fosters the development of competitive snowboarding. In February 2012, the WSF and the TTR hosted the inaugural World Snowboarding Championships in Oslo, Norway, an elite level event to be held every four years in alternating cities around the world. Official website: www.worldsnowboardfederation.org
About the International Paralympic Committee
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it supervises and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions. The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.
For more information, please contact
World Snowboard Federation
Danny Buntain, Para-Snowboard Representative
International Paralympic Committee
Dimitrije Lazarovski, Winter Sports Manager