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IPC Updates on COVID-19

The purpose of this update is to keep everyone within the Paralympic Movement informed of the latest developments with the COVID-19 pandemic and how it relates to the Paralympic Games and Para sport.

September 17, 2020

• P&G make good in a time crisis – athlete charitable organisations to benefit from USD 500,000 fund
• Latest updates from Tokyo 2020 and the IPC – includes an update of Japanese events moving to 50 per cent audience capacity
• Latest World Health Organisation update

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September 3, 2020

• #WaitForTheGreats and Rising Phoenix get the world talking Paralympics
• How to activate your athletes in the absence of sport, by Ratko Kovačić, NPC Croatia President
• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – includes news of a new Paralympic podcast
• Athletes research and disability awareness raising projects – includes athlete research study on respiratory tract infections and call for nominations UNESCO Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities
• World Health Organisation update

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August 20, 2020

• The journey back to athlete classification, by Agata Anderson, World Para Athletics Classification Co-ordinator
• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – includes the IPC’s One Year To Go plans
• World Health Organisation update

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August 6, 2020

• Creating a COVID-19 knowledge hub for a return to sport, by Judith van der Veen, Medical Manager at the IPC
• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – includes the new confirmed competition schedule for Tokyo 2020
• World Health Organisation update

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July 23, 2020

• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – ‘Rising Phoenix’ Netflix movie
• Innovating during the pandemic: Creating and running an online competition, by Dillon Richardson, Performance and Development Manager at World Para Powerlifting
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC

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July 9, 2020

• The three things vital for the future of sport – harnessing change, developing a strong purpose, embracing diversity and inclusion   by Andrew Parsons, IPC President
• Latest media statements from the IPC include – IPC Board discusses impact of COVID-19 pandemic
• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – all 22 sports now have updated qualification regulations
• World Health Organisation update

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June 25, 2020

• The collaboration driving the return to safe sport, by Professor Wayne Derman, Director of the Institute of Sport and Exercise Medicine at Stellenbosch University
• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – includes publication of a new IPC Classification guidance document
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para athletes’

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June 10, 2020

• Let’s rebuild to make a more inclusive world, by Paula Tesoriero MNZM, New Zealand’s Disability Rights Commissioner
• IPC updates – two more sports having updated qualification regulations, bringing the updated number to 21 out of 22 sports
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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June 4, 2020

• “I’m not training, I’m just trying to survive”, by George Wyndham, Paralympian from Sierra Leone
• IPC updates – including three more sports having updated qualification regulations
• World Health Organisation update – including updated guidance on planning for mass gatherings
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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May 28, 2020

Realising the value of positive thinking, by Stephen Miller, triple Paralympic gold medallist
IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates – includes an update of the return of competitive sport in Japan
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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May 20, 2020

• Preparing sports and athletes for a return to training, by Ralf van der Rijst, Performance Manager at the NOC*NSF
• IPC and Tokyo 2020 updates, including four more sports having updated qualification regulations
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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May 14, 2020

• Preparing for a new normal way of office working, by Dr Stephane Bermon, expert advisor to the IPC on COVID-19
• IPC updates
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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May 7, 2020

• What we need to write in the history books about people with disabilities in a pandemic, by Juan Pablo Salazar, IPC Board Governing Member
• IPC updates
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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 April 30, 2020

• Tokyo 2020 & IPC updates, including a new update on Qualification
• Getting our heads around the COVID-19 Part Three – Change, by Dr. Debra Alexander, IPC Board Governing Member
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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 April 23, 2020

• Getting our heads around the COVID-19 Part Two, by Dr. Debra Alexander, IPC Board Governing Member
• Tokyo 2020 updates, including details of the creation of the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce in endurance sports
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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 April 16, 2020

• Getting our heads around the COVID-19, by Dr. Debra Alexander, IPC Board Governing Member
• Tokyo 2020 updates, including an update on Universality Wild Cards
• World Health Organisation (WHO) updates, including new guidance on ‘Considerations for sports federations/sports event organisers when planning mass gatherings in the context of COVID-19’
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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 April 9, 2020

• The medical Paralympians on the COVID-19 front line
• Tokyo 2020 update
• World Health Organisation update – this includes new WhatsApp languages and documentation on disability
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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April 2, 2020

• A message from IPC President Andrew Parsons
• Tokyo 2020 next steps
• World Health Organisation update
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Tokyo 2020 Paralympics set for August 2021’ and ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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March 19, 2020

• A message from IPC President Andrew Parsons
• Latest World Health Organisation update
• Updates on the impact on Games preparation, qualification and classification for Tokyo 2020
• Latest media statements from the IPC – ‘Games Preparation’ and ‘Potential impact of COVID-19 on Para Athletes’

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Information for Para athletes and IPC members regarding coronavirus

With multiple sport events being cancelled or postponed in recent weeks the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published a guide for athletes, National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations regarding the coronavirus and its impact on the Paralympic Movement.

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IPC issue new guidelines for anti-doping testing

In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has adjusted its anti-doping testing program to ensure it is in line with the latest guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

WADA recently issued updated guidance for Anti-Doping Organisations focused on the resumption of athlete testing, as deconfinement leads to the restart or return to normal of doping control programmes in a number of countries around the world.

Through the changes in testing activities, the IPC wants to ensure that WADA guidelines are implemented without compromising the health and well-being of our Para athletes.

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Other Resources

World Health Organisation
International Airline Transport Association
Tokyo 2020 Qualification Criteria
Tokyo 2020 stakeholder communication on coronavirus
Athlete 365 – Coronavirus outbreak advice for athletes
World Health Organization (WHO) – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

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