Parasport Unit are the sports which are under an International Federation Recognized by the International Paralympic Committe
International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs) are independent organisations recognised by the IPC as the sole representatives of a specific impairment group.
IOSDs work in conjunction with the IPC to provide specific expertise to develop sport for athletes with an impairment from the grassroots level to the elite level. They act as the governing body for some of the impairment specific sports that are a part of the Paralympic Games programme.
World Intellectual Impairment Sport
The International Association of Sport for People with Mental Handicap was established in 1986 by professionals in the Netherlands who were involved in sport and wanted to promote the participation of athletes with “mental handicap”. Known as INAS-FMH, the founding meeting and first Executive were appointed in January 1986 and became a member of the ICC – the International Coordinating Committee – which in 1992 became the International Paralympic Committee. In September 1991 ahead of the Barcelona 1992 Olympic Games, the first Paralympic Games for ‘Persons with mental handicap’ were held in Madrid, at which 70 nations competed. In 1994, INAS-FMH became INAS-FID – the ‘International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability’. In 1996, a small programme for athletes with an intellectual disability was included in the Paralympic Games in Atlanta before a larger programme including athletics, swimming and basketball was included in Sydney 2000. Today’s sport programme includes some 15 annual events, more than 4,500 athletes are registered to compete at an international level, whilst more than 300,000 people with an intellectual disability worldwide have the opportunity to enjoy sport through the work of our member organisations.
SPORT UNION DOWN SYNDROME
SU-DS promotes sport worldwide for athletes with Down syndrome to the highest levels of sporting excellence.
It is a well-known fact that individuals with Down syndrome derive measurable physiologic and psychologic benefits from participation in physical activities on a recreational level. SU-DS however promotes the opportunity as one in which they can also be competitive. We strive to provide a platform where persons with Down syndrome can compete in their sport on the international stage. We envision growing to such an extent that every country in the world will be represented at our events. Ultimately, SU-DS aims to approach the International Paralympic committee for it to recognise the disability of Down syndrome as a new class. This will ensure that these athletes, who also have physical limitations, no longer face the
disadvantage of competing against athletes with an Intellectual disability.
Swimming & Synchronized swimming