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IOC, Paralympics Sign Deal

June 19, 2001

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) _ The IOC and the Paralympics signed an agreement Tuesday that strengthens ties between the organizations for future competitions.

The deal stresses that the Paralympics will always take place shortly after the Olympics, using the same venues and facilities.

The agreement will apply to all games for disabled athletes starting in 2008. A separate agreement covers the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, an 18-sport event expected to attract about 4,000 disabled athletes and 2,000 guides.

Tuesday’s agreement was signed by Juan Antonio Samaranch, president of the IOC, and Robert Steadward, president of the International Paralympic Committee.

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