Today the IPC have announced that CP Football will not feature in the 2024 Paris Paralympic sports programme. IPC President Andrew Parsons stated;
“Despite a strong bid and excellent progress made in the last four years, we decided not to include CP Football in the Paris 2024 sport programme. I know the CP Football community will be disappointed at our decision, but if the sport continues to make progress and further develops the women’s game, then it will be in a much stronger position for inclusion in future Paralympic Games”.
“We explored every possible option to see how CP Football could fit into the sport programme. Clearly, the sport’s inclusion would have impacted the gender balance of the Games. The only way to compensate this would have been to remove male athlete slots from other sports – a move that would then have resulted in 23 sports and additional costs – or not include another predominantly male sport. This move would have reduced the number of high support needs athletes, a move that would have gone against our guiding principles”.
In response to this disappointing news the International Federation of CP Football (IFCPF) have commented;
“Though we have worked hard to be part of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, we shall continue in our endeavour to bring together all members of the CP Football Family to deliver future success for our sport and achieve the goals set out in our Strategic Plan 2019-2022. Our Strategic Priorities provide us with the key focus area to move forward in the worldwide development of CP Football”.
“As an international Federation, we shall now be looking to the IPC for a detailed explanation and justification of this decision, followed by IFCPF undertaking all necessary actions to ensure inclusion of CP Football”
“At this time, IFCPF requests that no direct communication is made to the IPC by athletes, members and supporters until we have a clear picture of the situation and received the IPC’s feedback”.
To read more about the decision click here https://www.paralympic.org/news/paris-2024-ipc-announces-sports-programme