IPC Swimming has published an updated version of its classification rules and regulations, following an extensive review process instigated in 2013.
The new version comes into effect from 1 September 2015. It has been amended in response to questions from athletes and the countries to provide clarity to the previous wording, and to further ensure the standardised application of the rules by IPC Swimming classifiers.
The publication of the revised classification rules and regulations forms part of a longer-term review strategy of the IPC Swimming classification system for athletes with a physical impairment (S1-S10).
Jane Blaine, IPC Swimming Sport Technical Committee Chairperson, said; "The new document contains updates to a variety of areas within the rules and regulations including classification procedures, eligibility criteria, and athlete evaluation methods. This includes the modification of range of movement testing to examine passive range of movement, and the introduction of an upper height limit for athletes with short stature."
"In addition, clarification is provided about the technical assessment (`water test') anticipating further reviews following the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games."
"The review process was initiated as part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that classification remains fair and consistent and that IPC Swimming further aligns with the IPC Classification Code."
"At this moment, classifiers are getting familiarised with the revised rules and regulations to ensure a consistent application and implementation."
"IPC Swimming is grateful to all those who provided us with their expertise and insight, and we hope that the new rules and regulations are clearer for everyone involved."
The new IPC Swimming Classification Rules and Regulations are available at www.ipc-swimming.org.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement.
The IPC supervises the organisation of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, and serves as the International Federation for nine sports, for which it oversees and co-ordinates the World Championships and other competitions, including swimming.
The IPC is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level. In addition, the IPC aims to promote the Paralympic values, which include courage, determination, inspiration and equality.