Sir Philip Craven at the London 2012 Paralympic Games athleteics events (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Sir Philip Craven re-elected as IPC President

Sir Philip Craven was re-elected as the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to serve a fourth and final term in office in Athens on Sunday (24).

The 63-year-old polled 127 votes, while his only challenger, fellow Briton Alan Dickson, received 20 votes.

All 147 IPC members, consisting of National Paralympic Committees (NPC), International Federations, Regional Organisations and International Organisations of Sport for the Disabled (IOSDs), took part in the election.

"Today, this wonderful Movement has reaffirmed its trust in me and I pledge to repay that faith by maintaining the momentum and building on the tremendous progress we have made in recent years," said Craven in the Greek capital.

"It's about athletes. It's about developing an even wider athlete base in all our nations. It's also to maintain the momentum with regard to the Paralympic Games.

"People were saying we'll never repeat Beijing (in 2008); but then we had London (in 2012) and we'll never repeat London. We're going to create something amazing in Rio (in 2016),” he added, reflecting on his re-election.