11 March 2018
PyoengChang: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Saturday said they have agreed to extend their partnership until at least 2032.
"The IOC is very pleased about this new long-term agreement with the IPC because it was one of the recommendations of our reform program, Olympic Agenda 2020, to enhance the co-operation with the IPC in a way which gives long-term partnership and stability to both organisations," IOC President Thomas Bach said at a press conference in the presence of IPC chief Andrew Parsons, reports Yonhap news agency.
"This agreement is really a historic step in the relationship and partnership between IOC and IPC. And this is why we are not only satisfied, we are very, very pleased to have come to this agreement and be able to sign it this morning."
Bach, who attended the PyeongChang Paralympic Games opening ceremony on Friday, said that the IOC is looking to have close cooperation with the IOC with regard to the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, the new set of rules which was approved just a couple of weeks ago in PyeongChang to make the Games "feasible and more sustainable".
"There will be regular contact and co-operation, so we will not wait to really exploit the potential of this agreement," he said. "We will start from today."
Parsons said the IPC is looking forward to "deeper co-operations" in other areas of Olympic Agenda 2020, such as the Youth Olympic Games and Olympic Channel.
"It's a very comprehensive agreement, not only for the management of the Games but also the brand," he said.
"The IOC and IPC will work together to enhance the Paralympic brand, so there's a lot of co-operation when it comes to branding and marketing. Also, financial contribution from the IOC to the IPC."
Parsons that, in particular, he expects to see more benefits of working with the Olympic Channel.
"More than one billion videos have been viewed on the Olympic Channel, so we want in a few years that some millions of them are for Paralympic sport," he said.
"We'll work together and it will be one of the main channels to watch para sport and the Paralympic Games."