Zhang Haidi's declaration for IPC election campaign

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has published the election campaign declaration of Zhang Haidi, the chairwoman of the China Disabled Persons' Federation. Her declaration is as follows:

Why should I be elected?

I am a woman with an impairment. I therefore share the hope, fear and pain of my fellow men and women living with this condition.

I am a leader of a Paralympic Movement. My Chinese team has topped the medal table in gold and overall at four consecutive Paralympic Games.

I have integrity and strength. I believe that the IPC President should be of such quality and should demonstrate outstanding leadership and proven ability to manage financial and human resources.

I have what it takes to lead the IPC.


1. Expand the Influence of the Paralympic Games

I will deliver eye-catching, successful, athlete-centered Paralympic Games: from Pyeongchang 2018 through Tokyo 2020 to Beijing 2022.

I will expand the scope of Paralympic sports and create more opportunities for athletes with an impairment to compete and participate. I will extend the reach of the Paralympic Movement to all corners of the globe and enhance the power and impact of the Paralympic Games so that the Paralympic Games stand proud and tall as equals of the Olympic Games.

2. Strengthen Paralympic Sports Management

I will lead the evolution of competition categories on scientific grounds, champion optimal training and competition conditions for athletes and strengthen scientific research and technical support in the service of the Paralympic Games. I will enhance the use of big data for Paralympic sports, delivering excellence in classification management and outstanding sports events at every level. I will take the Movement to new horizons in effective doping control.

3. Enhance Sustainability of the Paralympic Movement

I will aim in all that I do to embody the values of the Paralympic Movement. I will work to protect and develop the Paralympic brand and expand the reach and influence of the Paralympic culture. I will ensure that the Paralympic legacy is real and lived.

4. Strengthen Paralympic Humanistic Care

I will put special emphasis on the equal participation of female athletes with an impairment. I will endeavour to encourage young people to see the Paralympic movement as an opportunity and an ideal. I will help athletes with an impairment secure access to rehabilitation. I will invest new effort in crafting a role for the Paralympic Movement in improving athletes’ lives beyond retirement and will help them to play full and active lives in society.

5. Build a Prosperous Paralympic Family

I will uphold the concepts of peace, equality and cooperation. I will promote unity and the right to speak. I will endeavour to help Paralympic athletes in poverty and war. I will establish funds to offer financial and technical support to help athletes in developing countries to realise their dreams.

6. Welcome Foreign Athletes to China for Training

I will warmly welcome Paralympic athletes from around the world to China’s 32 national training centers for Paralympic summer and winter sports and so provide the world’s Paralympians with access to China’s first class coaching team.

7. Foster More Inclusive International Community

I will promote closer cooperation between the IPC, the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. With and through the Paralympic Movement, I will seek to build a more inclusive and equal society free of discrimination.

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