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BRAZILIAN Andrew Parsons is elected President of the International Paralympic Committee at the General Assembly of the IPC, which is held in Abu Dhabi (UAE)

BRAZILIAN Andrew Parsons is elected President of the International Paralympic Committee at the General Assembly of the IPC, which is held in Abu Dhabi (UAE)

Brazilian Andrew Parsons was elected President of the International Paralympic Committee at the General Assembly of the IPC, which is held in Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Parsons won in the first round of voting( 84 votes), to win it was necessary to score at least 82.

"I want to thank all the members of the IPC for voting for me, they believed in me," Parsons said, "this is one of the happiest days in my life, only my daughter's birthday was better."

40-year-old Parsons, who previously was the vice-president of the IPC, became the third president of the organization, which dates back to 1989.

Patrick Jarvis (Canada), Jon Petersson (Denmark) and Heidi Zhang (China) also claimed for the presidency. Zhang received 47 votes, Pettsson - 19, for Jarvis voted 12 people.

Earlier, in his manifesto, Andrew Parsons reported:

"My experience is a life dedicated to the Paralympic sport.

I take great care about the future of the Paralympic sport and as a proven partner with a huge baggage of experience with athletes, NPCs, Regions and international federations, I have the honor to offer myself as a candidate for the post of President of the IPC. I worked for the Paralympic movement for most of my life, working as Vice-President of the IPC, a member of the IGC Executive Committee, Paralympic Committee Chair, President of the American Paralympic Committee and President of the Paralympic Committee of Brazil for 20 years. With my presidency in Brazil, para-sport has achieved unprecedented success in my country, the Paralympic Committee has risen from the 30th place to the 7th. During this period, the number of people involved in the para-sport in Brazil increased by 600%, and record contracts were signed for $ 38 million for a 4-year cycle. I believe that all this shows my achievements, knowledge and passion to represent the interests of our athletes and lead the IPC to even greater success. "