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Organisers of the Los Angeles Paralympics have permission to recommend either Para-climbing or Para-surfing for inclusion in 2028, after the International Paralympic Committee this week released its first round list of approved sports for the Games in five years’ time.

After considering applications from a record 33 Para-sports, the IPC’s Governing Board announced 22 sports for LA28, including badminton and taekwondo which were staged for the first time at Tokyo 2020. The same 22 sports will be contested at Paris 2024.

They are:
Blind football
Para-table tennis
Wheelchair tennis
Wheelchair fencing
Wheelchair basketball
Sitting volleyball
Wheelchair rugby

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In its announcement, the IPC said it had granted LA28 the opportunity to explore the potential of including Para-climbing or Para-surfing on the program. It said that if LA28 put forward either sport for consideration, a final decision would be made by the IPC Governing Board by the end of 2023. IPC President Andrew Parsons said determining the first round of successful applicants was challenging due to the quality of submissions from 33 sports.

“All International Federations who submitted applications should be congratulated on the quality of their submissions as they underline that all Para-sports are getting stronger,” Parsons said.

“The sports we have included in the LA28 Paralympic Games provide a competitive and attractive sport program that will showcase the diversity of the Paralympic Movement.

“Under our rules for determining the sport program, there is an option for a Games Organising Committee to propose one or more sports for inclusion in the Games for the IPC Governing Board to consider. We fully support LA28’s interest in the OCOG proposed sport process as this could be a significant contribution to drive greater impact of the LA28 Paralympic Games while controlling cost and complexity and achieving our shared goal of cost neutrality across the LA28 budget.

”LA28 Chair Casey Wasserman said: “The LA28 Paralympic Games will be an incredible moment for elite adaptive sport against the backdrop of one of the most diverse and inclusive cities on the planet. We’re looking forward to bringing a remarkable Paralympic sport program to life that will create an exceptional Games experience for athletes and fans.

“LA28 has always been about integrating the creative energy of LA into sport tradition to bring new fans into the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. As we explore potential new sports, we will consider how best to elevate the athlete and fan experience and contribute to the overall success of the Games.”

By: David Sygall, Paralympics Australia and International Paralympic Committee
Posted: 31 January 2023