Athletes offered over Sh240 million to offset COVID-19

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Thursday an unprecedented grant package worth 1.8 million euros (Sh244 million) to compensate losses from the coronavirus.

With the Tokyo 2020 Games postponed until next year because of the pandemic, the IPC’s more than 200 federations, along with National Olympic Committees, have suffered huge losses.

The grants will be awarded from January 2021 to assist with athlete license fees, para sport development, education and preparations for the Tokyo Paralympics, due to begin in August.

“This is the IPC’s biggest ever one-off investment into its members at a time when they need it the most,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said in a statement.

Athletes offered over Sh240 million to offset COVID-19
Thomas Bach, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, speaks during a joint news conference between IOC and Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) in Tokyo, Japan, November 16, 2020. [Du Xiaoyi/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo]

The Games are the biggest source of cash for IPC federations. It expects total revenue this year to be around 20 million euros, down more than 7.5 million euros from 2018 when the last Paralympics took place.

IPC members can apply for the grants from Thursday.

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