The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has cancelled plans to hold its 2020 Extraordinary General Assembly due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a new timeline set to be devised for votes on Governance Review proposals.
The Extraordinary General Assembly and Membership Gathering would have seen the IPC seek approval for a series of proposals, following the Governance Review.
The IPC said it will revise the timeline, with elements from the review now expected to be voted on at either the 2021 General Assembly, the 2022 IPC Membership Gathering or the 2023 General Assembly.
IPC President Andrew Parsons said gathering the organisationís membership in one place was not feasible or sensible during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 240,000 people worldwide.
He said the organisationís governance was in good shape, but that it would adjust the vote on proposals to ensure it remained strong in the future.
"Gathering the IPC membership in one place for the 2020 Extraordinary General Assembly and Membership Gathering to conclude the Governance Review is not practical, feasible, sensible or possible at this time," Parsons said.
"The pandemic has created a significant amount of extra work for all IPC members and IPC senior staff.
"There is ongoing uncertainty regarding the virus, restrictions remain in place on global travel and meetings of large groups, and COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on all within the Paralympic Movement.
"Cancelling the 2020 IPC Extraordinary General Assembly does not mean we are stopping the IPC Governance Review.
"It just means a readjustment of the timelines to conclude the project.
"At present, the IPCís governance is in good shape, but we are not satisfied with this.
"We want the IPC and Paralympic Movement to be ahead of the game when it comes to governance which is why we are keen to pursue these reforms."