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Eric Angstadt: It’s necessary to achieve the independence and self-sustainability in each kind of sport

Yesterday in Khanty-Mansiysk the regular meeting of the International Paralympic Committee forum took place.

The event was traditionally held in the framework of the IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Championships 2011, which takes place in the Ugra’s capital from 30th of March to 10th of April. The representatives of the National Federations, which actively help in the Paralympic sport development, took part in this event.

Eric, what are the decisions made during the Forum?

- We were discussing different questions, such as the inclusion of a 3rd Biathlon event into the Winter Paralympic Games program. Now this question is actively discussed by the IPC Governing Board and the organizing committee of Sochi 2014. There are some more recommendations which were passed that need ratification from the IPC Governing Board. Many of these questions should be improved and there should be some researches carried out. One of such questions, which was discussed in Khanty-Mansiysk, was the change of target seize.

Is there anything else except sport principles, which is discussed during the forum? The requirements for the events organization, for example?

- The work standards of local organizing committees are also an important point. The main requirement is that every next championship should be held minimum at the same level as the previous one.  The Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk brought a lot of positive points, which we’d like to see in the future Championships everywhere. Probably we’ll change some track preparations standards, which should be taken into consideration by the next organizers.

Do you discuss any strategic points such as the development of Paralympic sports in Asia or South America?

- We try to establish a balanced calendar, which would give an opportunity to hold the World Championships in different regions. Now we’re interested in the countries of Western Europe, like Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan and Armenia.  These are the countries that have their sport traditions, but they never had a chance to host suchlike events. It’s very important to keep the balance between what we can offer and what will be convenient for the athletes.

What has changed, since the forum exists?

-Before 2000 the Paralympic sport was not under control of the IPC. At that time our organization was not a big international institution, which could be responsible for Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon for the athletes with physical disabilities. The IPC has done a lot of work in order to better the situation. Our team is ready to give ourselves up to the work; we are absorbed in our work in order to be ready to new achievements, keeping in mind the previous seasons experience to understand the ways of further development.

How do you see the future of Paralympic sports, in 10 years, for instance?

- The IPC Governing Board is aiming to achieve the independence and self-sustainability for each IPC sport. Ideally, this could be under  the umbrella existing able body federations. We would like to see in a near future the results of the work in this direction.

What can you say about you co-work with the International Biathlon Union (IBU) and International Ski Federation (FIS)?

-We have a much more defined cooperation with IBU in the last year; however, we understand that there is lots of joint work to be done. We also collaborate with FIS; we participate in the meetings, visit TD educational seminars. We need to work together in order to support each other. If we look back to the past and compare it to the present we will see that we’ve done a great job.

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Team standings
1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1