The 2019 Global Games were biggest Games ever staged by INAS. Hosted by Sport Inclusion Australia  – member organisation in Australia – more than 900 athletes from 47 nations competed in the largest medal programme to date. Colombia, Indonesia, Israel, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Sri Lanka and Singapore competed for the first time in INAS Global Games.

With ten sports – athletics, basketball, cricket, cycling, futsal, rowing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis– over seven intensive days of competition, athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators alike took part in the welcoming and inclusive spirit of the Games.

The event was sanctioned by the International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and for the first time was awarded Factor 20 status by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Swimming, Athletics and Table Tennis were pathways to the 2020 Paralympic Games. II-3 category for athletes with high-functioning autism was included for the first time as demonstration class.

Australia dominated the medal tally with 152 medals (45 gold, 54 silver and 53 bronze), followed by Russia with 52 medals (31 gold, 14 silver and 7 bronze), France with 72 medals (29 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze).