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24.11.2009 |

London Sports Forum for Disabled People Welcomes Re-inclusion of Athletes with Intellectual Disability in Paralympics

On Saturday 21st November 2009, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) voted at its General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur to lift the nine year ban on athletes with intellectual disability competing in the Paralympic Games and IPC sanctioned events.

London Sports Forum for Disabled People welcomes the IPC decision and is delighted that London 2012 will host the first Paralympics to include athletes with intellectual disability since the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.

London Sports Forum for Disabled People believes the Paralympic Games are the pinnacle of achievement for all athletes and that the London 2012 Paralympic Games is a powerful catalyst to inspire an increase in sports participation at grass root level for all disabled people.

Stewart Lucas, Chief Executive, London Sports Forum for Disabled People said "We believe that the Paralympic Games already inspires many disabled people to be more active. By reinstating athletes with intellectual disability into the Paralympic Games, the Paralympic dream has opened up to even more disabled people. This decision will allow the new generation of young British athletes with intellectual disability to aspire to Paralympic success and on home soil at London 2012."

London Sports Forum for Disabled People looks forward to continuing to work with providers, clubs and facilities in London to ensure all disabled people, including people with intellectual disability have full access to grass roots sporting opportunities in London, which for some could be the start of a journey that leads to Paralympic glory at London 2012.