Craven vetoes Paralympics merger

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International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Sir Philip Craven has rejected his predecessor's claims that the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games should be combined into one event.

Robert Steadward, the founder of the IPC, had previously stated that putting the two events together would be more efficient and enable the Paralympics to take advantage of public support for the Olympics. However, with Vancouver's Paralympic Games having commenced on Friday 12 March 2010, Craven stated that the Paralympics have grown into a successful event in their own right in recent years and any combination would only serve to deflect attention towards the Olympics. " Firstly, when something works, why change it? " Craven told The Vancouver Sun. " Any coming together would, I think, by its very nature, be restrictive from a logistics point of view. We have it as we like it at the moment, and we don't see any need to change. We believe by having the Paralympics and the Olympics separate, we're able to have our own identity while coming together in a festival of sport that gives a wonderful face to the world of what sport can do. " Gilbert Felli, the executive director of Olympic Games for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), added: " We are doing very well together. We are able to help the Paralympics as it is. Adding the Paralympics to the Olympics would mean. . . problems with the size. It wouldn't work. " Steadward had earlier stated that it was a pity that the Paralympics had to "re–energise" a city once an Olympics had been and gone. In 1999, 2000 and 2003 the IOC and IPC signed a series of agreements that set out how organising committees would organise both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Vancouver, which won the right to the 2010 Games in 2003, is the first host city since the agreement was signed where both events were fully organised under one umbrella. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comSubscribers to Major Events International can take advantage ofexcellent discounted rates for The Sport Briefing. Sign up now to receive a 20% discount on your annual licence for TheSport Briefing. Special rates are also available for company–widesubscriptions. Subscribers receive a daily digest or up to 30 stories from across every sector of the global sports industry, access to the 24–sevenwww. thesportbriefing. com website and a hard copy of the quarterlymagazine. For more information, email info@thesportbriefing. com or call +(0) 44 207 963 7888.

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