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LONDON, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games medal event program and athlete quotas here on Saturday.
According to IPC, the Beijing 2022 could be the biggest Winter Games to date as up to 82 medal events will be featured in the games with a maximum of 748 Para athletes. In addition to having 39 medal events for men, up to 39 events for women (pending a decision on the snowboard program) and four mixed events, there will be a maximum of 234 slots available for women.
"Beijing 2022 could be the first Paralympic Winter Games to have gender parity in the number of medal events for men and women," the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced.
IPC President Andrew Parsons said: "The Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games has the potential to be a landmark Games for the whole Paralympic Movement. Not only will they be the biggest Games yet - taking the event to a whole new level, but there is the potential for them to be the first Paralympic Games in history to have gender parity in terms of medal events."