June 22, 2017

New classification manual released

Dear IPCH Nations,

We are really happy and proud to be able the release the IPCH Classification Manual edition 2017.

Classification is a fast moving field, in Sport Assembly 2016 the basics and basis of the IPCH Classification Manual and its 1st edition were presented and agreed by the represented Nations. That document was based on the IPC Classification Code valid until end 2016. In January 2017 a new version of the IPC Classification Code was released. During the IPC Head of Classification meeting held in Bonn in February IPC released the new updated Classification Code and announced that all the International Federation recognized by IPC and also IPCH would have to undergo an audit to check the compliancy of the Classifications System and Procedures with the IPC codes and guidelines.

According to the decisions of the Sport Assembly IPCH is following IPC guidelines therefore in order to respect this decision and to result IPC compliant some changes have been done on the Manual.

Here a summary of the main changes that has to be done.

  1. Part A: New part including the IPC Model Rules which were released in February 2017: the classification terminology, organisation and structure which is in effect since 1 January 2017 and will be obliged from 1 January 2018 for all ParaSports and ParaSport organisations including IPCH/IWAS.
  2. Part B: this is the actual PCH Classification, as voted for by the countries in 2016, following the IPC structure from part A. Changes/updates in this part: (2) Non-eligible Impairment types (IPC obligation), (3) Health Conditions that are not underlying Health Conditions for all athletes (IPC obligation), (4.3) Minimum Impairment Criteria (MIC) for each impairment type: so not only for the Power impaired athletes, but also for those athletes with Range of Motion, Short stature, Limb deficiency and Coordination impairments (IPC obligation), (5.2) Extension of our needed tests for those (other) impairment groups (IPC obligation), (6.1) Assessment criteria Arm profile for all impairment types (IPC obligation).
  3. Part C Attachments: new here is (1) Attachment Classifier Training and Certification Program (IPC obligation and IPC Model), (3) Medical Diagnostic Form (IPC obligation), (5) Updated PCH Classification Form, (8) Measurement of loss of Limb/Limb deficiency (IPC obligation), (9) Coordination tests for coordination impaired athletes (IPC obligation).

The current edition of the Manual will be valid from 22nd June 2017.

Please download the Manual at this link:

Download “IPCH Classification Manual” 2017_IPCH_Classifications_Manual-2.pdf – Downloaded 272 times – 4 MB

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June 14, 2017

Italy awarded the IWAS Powerchair Hockey World Championship 2018

Italy will be hosting the IWAS Powerchair Hockey World Championships 2018!

From 24 September to 1 October 2018, the IWAS Powerchair Hockey World Championships will take place at the town of Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy. The venues will be the same as at the WC 2010, this is a great chance for the LOC to further improve its previous services.

Members of the Executive Committee conducted site visits the past months and focused on specific criteria for the sports venues and team accommodations.

The 200m distance between the accommodation and competition venue gave the Italian bid the upper hand. Powerchair Hockey Vice-Chairman, Niels ten Hagen, said: “Italy has facilitated fantastic development of Powerchair Hockey over the last two decades and we greatly look forward to bringing the World Championships back to Lignano Sabbiadoro.”

The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Executive Board was pleased to accept the final recommendation from the IWAS Powerchair Hockey Executive Committee after the second site visit in Italy. Updates will be posted on both our website and Facebook page.

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