IPC launches first governance review since 2004
The International Paralympic Committee is launching the first review of its governance structures in 14 years.
The “extensive” review will look into the IPC’s decision-making structures and put forward recommendations for changes to the constitution, rules and bylaws.
The body said the aim of the review is to strengthen the IPC’s “position as a world leading sports organisation.”
The IPC governing board has appointed a working group led by IPC vice-president Duane Kale to conduct the review.
The eight-person group also includes: Maria Clarke, international sports governance expert and lawyer; Emmanuelle Assmann, president of the French Paralympic Committee; Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the IPC; Sabrina Ibáñez, president of the Association of Paralympic Sports (ASPO) and FEI secretary general; and Luca Pancalli, IPC governing board member and president of the Italian Paralympic Committee.
Yerlan Suleimenov, executive director of Kazakhstan’s Paralympic Committee, and Josh Vander Vies, two-time Paralympic and lawyer, complete the line-up.
Leen Coudenys, IPC governing board executive assistant, is to act as group secretary.
The group will begin its work next month with the proposed framework for the governance review to be presented to IPC members at September’s IPC membership gathering in Madrid, Spain.
Any proposed constitutional changes will be put forward at the 2019 IPC General Assembly.
Andrew Parsons, IPC president, said: “When I was elected IPC President, I committed to make the IPC an organisation for all and to fully unlock the potential of the Paralympic Movement. In order to achieve this it is vital the IPC has in place the best and most up-to-date sports governance structures so that it is well positioned for further development and growth in the years ahead.
“We are fortunate that we start this review from a position of strength. The current IPC governance structures are far from broken, but since the last governance review in 2004 the IPC and Paralympic Movement have grown beyond all recognition. With tremendous growth, comes greater responsibility, interest and scrutiny. Therefore, we must ensure that the IPC is an organisation with best practice and robust governance at its core.”
Kale added: “This governance review will go beyond matters of structures, integrity and ethical standards to include other good governance principles such as openness and accountability.
“We have a responsibility to the IPC membership and all the Para athletes that we serve to strengthen the IPC’s position as a strong and highly respected world leading sports organisation.
“To conduct this review we have assembled a very strong working group that will provide input from all areas of the Paralympic Movement. I am particularly happy to have secured the support and services of Maria Clarke, as she boasts extensive experience in this area, having previously advised many other international federations on governance and integrity reform.”