Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport is the International Federation for basketball for athletes with an intellectual impairment.
There is an established 5×5 programme and Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport has recently introduced 3×3 competition to promote the growth of the women’s game.
World and regional Championships are held regularly, every four years.
Players interested in competing at a high level first need to contact their National Federation.
The sport is managed by the Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport Basketball Committee
The first World Championships were held in Greece in 1994 and the first European Championships in Poland in 1999. Basketball was also included when sports for athletes with intellectual impairments made their official debut at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
However, after a number of members of the Spanish basketball team that competed in Sydney were found not to have an intellectual impairment, the sport was taken off the Paralympic programme alongside swimming and athletics. A long review and redevelopment of the classification system followed before athletics, swimming and table tennis were included again at London 2012.
Whilst basketball has not made its way back onto the Paralympic programme it is still a popular sport within Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport. It is normally featured at the Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games which is held every four years.
Rules and regulations
Competition for athletes with an intellectual impairment is run according to the rules of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). There are some modifications made by Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport. These include coaches being allowed to sit courtside during 3×3 competition and the shot clock running for 12 seconds.
World Intellectual Impairment Sport Basketball Committee
- Chairperson Basketball Committee – Leon Trimmingham (USA)
- Americas – vacancy
- Asia – Naoke Ogowa, Japan
- Europe – Eren Yildirim, Turkey
- Oceania – vacancy