IPC; First Paralympic Museum in Tokyo





IPC Press release

IPC to open first Paralympic Museum in Tokyo

To mark 200 days to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that it will open its first Paralympic Museum later this year in the Japanese capital.

Housed at Coredo Muromachi Terrace in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, with the cooperation of Mitsui Fudosan, the museum will operate from August 25 to late September and showcase the extraordinary history and growth of the Paralympic Movement.

Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Paralympic Movement and how, in just 60 years, the Paralympic Games have evolved into the world’s number one sporting event for driving social inclusion.

With exhibitions dedicated to many Para sports, including those that featured at the first Paralympics in 1960, the museum will also excite and inspire with stories of legendary athletes whose remarkable performances have helped to transform global attitudes towards persons with disabilities.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “As the Paralympic Games continue to grow in size and scale, it is vital that we chart the history of just how far the Paralympic Movement has come in a relatively short space of time.

“We are hugely excited that our first Paralympic Museum will open in Nihonbashi in the heart of Tokyo to coincide with the Paralympic Games.

“The Paralympic Museum will inform and excite visitors with stories and exhibitions of how the Movement has evolved from an event for 16 injured war veterans in 1948 to the world’s third-biggest sporting event in 2020. It is a remarkable history of how one man’s vision has helped transform global society, empowering and enriching the lives of millions of people around the world.

“We are confident the museum will be a must-see attraction this August and September in Tokyo, generating greater enthusiasm, excitement and interest in the Paralympic Games and Paralympic Movement.”

Founded in 1948 by German neuro-scientist Sir Ludwig Guttmann at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Great Britain, the Paralympic Movement originally focused on the rehabilitation of injured World War II veterans.

In 1960, the first Paralympic Games were held in Rome, Italy, involving 400 athletes from 23 countries. Since then, the Games have taken place every four years and are today recognised as the world’s third-largest sporting event, attracting billions of TV viewers and millions of spectators.

This August, Tokyo will become the first city to host the Paralympics for a second time when it brings together 4,350 of the world’s best athletes from over 165 countries.

The venue of the Paralympic Museum will be the Mitsui Fudosan-developed Coredo Muromachi Terrace in Nihonbashi, a Tokyo neighborhood that has historically been at the center of Japan’s economy, finance, and recreation. Throughout the duration of the Paralympic Games, Nihonbashi City Dressing (held with the assistance of Special Supporter Mitsui Fudosan) will decorate the neighborhood with vibrant and dynamic images of Paralympic athletes, ensuring the entire city will celebrate the Paralympic Movement.

– Starts Date: August 25 – late September, 2020
– Place: Coredo Muromachi Terrace in Nihonbashi
– Organisers: International Paralympic Committee
– Sponsor: Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

IPC; IPC to move to new headquarters in Bonn (Germany)


Press release by the International Paralympic Committee;

IPC to move to new headquarters

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Thursday (24 January) that it will move to new headquarters in Bonn, Germany, its home city for the last 20 years, from January 2020.

The move follows talks with the City of Bonn, the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Federal Government, to find a new location for the IPC’s growing workforce.

During its meeting on 15 January 2019, the cabinet of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia decided to provide the IPC the property of the former State Representation in Dahlmannstrasse 2 in Bonn for the long-term.

The building, located next to the river Rhine and adjacent to Bonn’s World Conference Centre, is approximately 500m from the IPC’s current base on Adenauerallee and has capacity for approximately 150 employees.

The proposal from the State of NRW was approved unanimously on Thursday by the IPC Governing Board at its meeting in London, Great Britain.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “The IPC and its employees are extremely proud to have called Bonn and North Rhine-Westphalia our home for the last 20 years and we are absolutely delighted and hugely excited at the prospect of moving to new headquarters next year.

“The IPC is hugely grateful to the State Government of NRW for their commitment and support and are looking forward to our future co-operation.

“Since establishing our foundations in Bonn in 1999, our team has grown significantly helping to amplify the impact of the work we undertake transforming the lives of millions of persons with disabilities around the world.

“By relocating to the former State Representation, we believe we can continue advancing the Paralympic Movement, create a stronger connection between the IPC, the city and the State, and further our work making for a more inclusive society through Para sport.

“We have ambitious plans for our new headquarters which will benefit schools, the local community and the whole Paralympic Movement. We are eagerly looking forward to the move.”

Founded in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 22 September 1989, the IPC opened its headquarters at Adenauerallee 212-214, on 3 September 1999, opposite Bonn’s Palais Schaumburg, the former first official residence and office of the German Chancellor. Ten years after its formation, a handful of volunteers and two full-time staff members moved into the historic property, which had been donated by the German Government.

Since establishing its roots in the city, the IPC has enjoyed tremendous growth. Its international workforce of more than 100 people is divided between core IPC departments, 10 Para sports for which the IPC acts as international federation and the Agitos Foundation, the world’s leading charity for developing Para sport globally.

The IPC organises many of the world’s biggest sport events, including the Paralympic Games, a global sporting showcase watched by billions around the world that has firmly established itself as the world’s premiere event for driving social inclusion.

In March 2018, the IPC signed a long-term agreement with the IOC through to 2032 providing financial stability and making it obligatory for any host of the Olympic Games to organise the Paralympics. The agreement also deepens existing co-operation between the two organisations and is helping to raise the visibility of the Paralympic Games and enhance the Paralympic brand.

Source: IPC
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