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Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports grants recognition to Paralympic Committee of India

Jul 4, 2016 07:16 IST

Paralympic Committee of IndiaThe Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports on 1 July 2016 granted recognition to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

The recognition comes as a huge confidence boost to the several para-athletes who have qualified for Rio Paralympics.

The Ministry granted recognition to PCI after having conducted free and fair elections with a former Justice of Allahabad High Court as Returning Officer, and after recognition by International Paralympic Committee.

Background

The Paralympic Committee of India was suspended in April 2015 due to internal conflicts between different groups and persons. The conflicts were deteriorating the development of Paralympic Movement in India.

On 31 May 2016, the International Paralympic Committee decided to lift the ban on the Paralympic Committee of India with the sole purpose of allowing para-athletes of the country to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games under the tri-colour.

The IPC had asked the PCI to implement the major reforms programmes outlined by the world body, failing which it could be suspended again.

About Paralympic Committee of India

The Paralympic Committee of India is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.

The organisation was founded in 1992 as the Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India.

The first president of the Paralympic Committee of India was Rathan Singh.

The PCI was given public authority status by the RTI Act of 2005.

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