The National Paralympic Committee of Latvia have this week become the 90th member of Virtus, following approval by the Governing Board.
On learning of the success of their application, Paralympic committee President, Daiga Dadzite said “We are happy to be a part of the VIRTUS family! This will be a great opportunity for all the people with intellectual impairment in Latvia, and we are very proud to be the one and only organization in Latvia, which will take care of these future athletes. We do hope that our participation in Virtus movement will change the attitudes and perceptions of society in Latvia and break stereotypes of people with intellectual impairment”.
Membership of Virtus has grown substantially in recent years and now includes 84 nations and 6 other organisations (including Virtus Regions and International Federations). The draft strategic plan, published for consultation recently, seek to grow membership further. Marc Truffaut, Virtus President explained “We are delighted to welcome Latvia to our family. Each year we see more nations not only coming into membership, but supporting our extensive sport and competition programme and over the coming years we are committed to growing this further.
Information for nations who are interested in membership of Virtus can be found here.