International Paralympic Committee – IPC

The word “Paralympic” derives from the Greek preposition “para” (beside or alongside) and the word “Olympic”.

Its meaning is that Paralympics are the parallel Games to the Olympics and illustrates how the two movements exist side-by-side.

The IPC’s primary responsibilities are to support its 200 plus members develop Para sport and advocate social inclusion, ensure the successful delivery and organisation of the Paralympic Games and act as the international federation for 10 Para sports.

The membership draws together National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), International Federations (IFs), Regional Organisations and International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs).

Brief History

The four international organisations CPISRA, IBSA, ISMGF and ISOD experienced the need of co-ordinating the Games so they created the "International Co-coordinating Committee Sports for the Disabled in the World" (ICC) in 1982.

The International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (CISS) and International Sports Federations for Persons with an Intellectual Disability (INAS-FID) joined in 1986.

On 22nd September 1989, the International Paralympic Committee was founded as an international non-profit organisation in Dusseldorf, Germany, to act as the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement.

National Paralympic Committee - Paralympic Committee of India(PCI)


The Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation founded in the year 1994. Since then, PCI has been working solely for the promotion of Sports among differently abled persons in India.

PCI is affiliated to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

PCI organises and motivates para-athletes to participate in competitive sporting activities as part of the Global Paralympic Movement.

PCI helps to identify potential Paralympians and assist athletes to prepare for competition by providing funds for coaching, equipment and travel in the lead up to the Paralympic Games.