The National Paralympic Committees’ (NPC) Chefs de Mission seminar, a traditional reporting event by the Games Organizing Committee has got underway in Sochi. More than 100 participants are attending the seminar, including representatives of NPCs from 30 countries, the IPC, and Organizing Committees of future Games. Among the attendees are IPC President Sir Philip Craven, Vice-President, Chairman of the Executive Committee of Russian Paralympic Committee, Chef de Mission of the Russian team at the Paralympic Games in Sochi Pavel Rozhkov, and General Secretary of the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) Mikhail Terentiev.
One of the central events of the seminar in Sochi will be the official invitation presentation ceremony for the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi to the heads of the National Paralympic Committees. Also during the seminar, participants will learn about the preparations for the 2014 Games in Sochi and familiarize themselves with the sports venues, and infrastructure of the Coastal and Mountain Clusters.
Over the three days, delegates will take part in plenary sessions, at which NPC representatives will talk about the main services provided to the delegations at the Paralympic Games. There will also be meetings held with NPC representatives and information desks for the service functions of the Organizing Committee will be in operation.
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, emphasized:
"The Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will see both a record number of participants and competitions, making it the biggest in history. 1,350 Paralympic athletes and team members will join us in Sochi to compete for 72 sets of medals across five Paralympic sports. As organizers, it is crucial for us that before they arrive, the National Paralympic Committees get the chance to engage with representatives of the Organizing Committee to talk in detail about our plans."