International Paralympic Committee president won’t travel to Beijing due to COVID-19

Andrew Parsons tested positive for COVID-19 and won’t be able to travel to Beijing in time for the opening ceremony

Medal Ceremony for the Men's 5000m T11 presented by Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, at The Olympic Stadium. Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, Friday 27 August 2021. Photo: OIS/Joel Marklund. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC
Medal Ceremony for the Men's 5000m T11 presented by Andrew Parsons, president of the International Paralympic Committee, at The Olympic Stadium. Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan, Friday 27 August 2021. Photo: OIS/Joel Marklund. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC

Andrew Parsons, the president of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) will not be in Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games due to COVID-19.

The IPC president and IOC member sent his regards on Twitter after testing positive for COVID-19.

“Really disappointed I will not attend the @Olympics, as I just tested positive to COVID-19,” he tweeted.

“While I’m in isolation, will focus on recovering and preparing for the @Paralympics and on watching Olympic competitions on TV. The best of luck to all Olympians, the IOC and @Beijing2022.”

The 2022 Paralympic Games begin March 4 and run through March 13.