International Paralympic Committee adds Triathlon and Canoe to Paralympic Games Program

Dec. 14, 2010, 10:51 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that the sports of Triathlon and Canoe will be added to the event program for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   

“The addition of triathlon and canoe to the 2016 Paralympic Games program is a testament to the growth of the Paralympic movement across the globe.  These two sports provide excellent opportunities for people with physical and visual disabilities to be active in sport and we look forward to working closely with both USA Triathlon and USA Canoe/Kayak to ensure that the U.S. fields competitive teams for the 2016 Games,” said USOC Chief of Paralympics Charlie Huebner.

USA Triathlon and USA Canoe/Kayak have spent several years working on the development of the Paralympic side of their respective sports and the reactions from these governing bodies are filled with excitement.

“We are tremendously excited to learn that Para-Triathlon has been officially added to the program for the 2016 Paralympic Games, and I would like to thank the IPC for such a strong vote of confidence,” said USA Triathlon Acting CEO Tim Yount. “This represents a well-deserved acknowledgement of the sport’s growth and relevance on a global scale. Our athletes, and the organization as a whole, have worked toward this goal for a number of years, and we look forward to the challenge of maintaining the highest levels of international performance in Rio de Janeiro.”

“We are thrilled to see canoeing take its place on the Paralympic Games program,” said USA Canoe/Kayak CEO Joe Jacobi.  “Not only does the sport’s addition reflect the hard and selfless work of many passionate professionals and volunteers but directly connects to the rising number of participants with physical disabilities coming into canoeing and kayaking, including many injured military men and women returning home from service.”

The vote on inclusion of new sports was held during a meeting of the IPC Governing Board in Guangzhou, China, prior to the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Asian Para Games.  The addition of triathlon and canoe bring the total number of summer sports contested at the Paralympic Games to 22.

For more information on the official announcement, visit the IPC Website.  For more reaction from USA Triathlon and USA Canoe/Kayak, visit and  

For more information, please contact Staci Wolf, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2084 or