SASCOC has congratulated Andrew Parsons of Brazil on his election as president of the International Paralympic Committee on Friday, 8 September.
Parsons, 40, was elected to the prestigious position after one round of voting at the 18th IPC general assembly currently under way in Abud Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He was elected ahead of fellow candidates Patrick Jarvis, John Peterson and Haidi Zhang.
He replaces predecessor Sir Philip Craven of England, who held the position for 16 years.
Friday’s election saw a total of 163 members, plus the America’s Paralympic Committee, in attendance and all eligible to vote.
Among the many attendees was SASCOC president Gideon Sam.
‘In reality, any of the four presidential candidates were strong. However, we as South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic governing body are extremely happy with Andrew.
‘He brings an impressive 20 years of experience to the table and we have no doubt that he will steer the International Paralympic Committee ship with aplomb.’
Sam’s fellow South African and SASCOC board member, Debbie Alexander, was also voted in as an IPC board member.
Four-time Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer Duane Kale of New Zealand was voted in as the new IPC vice-president.
The 10 board members voted in on Friday were: Debbie Alexander (SA), Mohammed Alhameli (UAE), Leonel da Rocha Pinto (African Paralympic committee), Marianna Davis (US), Sung Il Kim (KOR), Yashushi Mayawaki (JPN), Luca Pancalli (ITA), Tim Reddish (GBR), Juan Pablo Salazar (Colombia) and Rita van Driel (Netherlands)