The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) has announced that the 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games in Brisbane, Australia, will feature the biggest anti-doping programme in the event’s history.
Alongside the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) and the Global Games Sports Company, World Intellectual Impairment Sport has been working to ensure that it meets its commitment to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Anti-Doping Code.
This not only includes increased testing, but also improving education efforts to ensure that athletes and teams have the information they need to compete clean.
Marc Truffaut, World Intellectual Impairment Sport President, said: “The World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games are the world’s biggest high performance sports event for athletes with intellectual impairments. It is therefore only right that competitors are subject to the same rigorous testing as any other major international competition.
“The standard of athletes has increased an incredible amount as countries continue to invest in development. It is our responsibility to reflect that sea-change, as the worldwide body responsible for promoting these athletes and protecting their interests around the world.
“We are therefore proud to say that we fully support WADA’s anti-doping efforts, and with this announcement we are showing how that commitment translates into practice.”
The 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games will feature nearly 1,000 athletes competing in 10 sports.
For swimming, athletics and table tennis, Brisbane 2019 is a key stop on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. For others it is the highest level they can compete at and various sports will enjoy the endorsement of the relevant International Federation.