International Paralympic Committee postpones events following Mexico City earthquake
September 20, 2017
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has today postponed its World Championships in powerlifting and swimming following the earthquake in Mexico City.
The decision was taken following an assessment of the current situation and after close liaison with the Local Organising Committee and the City of Mexico government.
The 2017 Para Sport Festival, incorporating both championships, was originally scheduled to run from 30 September to 6 October in the Mexican capital.
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— IPCPresident (@IPCPresident) September 20, 2017
Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “Following the terrible earthquake our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the people of Mexico at this time. The tragic loss of life and devastation caused is heart breaking to see and our deepest sympathies are with all those involved.
“As a result of this tragedy, we are in full agreement that the immediate focus of the Mexican authorities should be on prioritising recovery and rebuilding for the Mexican people and not organising two major international sport events.
“Therefore, we have agreed with the Local Organising Committee and City of Mexico government to postpone the upcoming World Championships in Para swimming and Para powerlifting until further notice.
“I know the postponement of both Championships will be disappointing news to all the athletes who were set to take part, however these are unique circumstances and quite simply this is the right thing to do at the moment.
“Our immediate priority now is to work with the team delegations currently in Mexico City to ensure their safe departure. We will then assess whether we can re-organise these Championships in the near future in Mexico City or seek alternatives.”