Eligibility and classification within para-sport is designed to ensure competition is fair and that athletes can compete on a level playing field.
Athlete eligibility – intellectual impairment
To be considered eligible to compete as an athlete with an intellectual impairment, athletes must meet the eligibility criteria as defined by World Intellectual Impairment Sport. These are based upon the World Health Organisation and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) research and guidance.
In simple terms the criteria state that an athlete must show:
- An IQ of 75 or lower
- Significant limitations in adaptive behaviour in conceptual, social, and practical adaptive skills.
- The impairment must have been diagnosed before 18 years of age
Further details regarding the eligibility criteria, evidence needed and the application process can be found below.
Anyone interested in being assessed for eligibility must first contact their Member organisation.
Applying for athlete eligibility
Athletes wishing to apply for athlete eligibility should first contact their Member organisation. Applications will not be accepted unless they are submitted through, and endorsed by, an Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport member organisation.
- Download the Athlete Eligibility Guidance (version January 2018): English Espanol Chinese Arabic
- Download the Athlete Eligibility Application Form (version January 2018): English
- Complete the online TSAL (the TSAL is used for research purposes)
- Download the Additional Sport Application Form (for athletes who already hold athlete eligibility and wish to participate in a further sport)
World Intellectual Impairment Sport recommends that new applications for national eligibility should be submitted at least four weeks before the final entry deadline. New applications for international eligibility should be submitted at least 12 weeks before the final entry deadline.
Please note that there is no ‘guest’ entry to World Intellectual Impairment Sport events.
II1 National and International eligibility
For II1 athletes, there are two levels of eligibility. Athletes should consult with their Member organisation carefully to identify which level they should apply for.
- Level 1 – II1 National Eligibility – (formerly known as Provisional Eligibility) permits entry to some developmental events and some sanctioned national events.
- Level 2 – II1 International Eligibility – (formerly known as Full Eligibility) permits entry to regional and World Championships and is a pre-requirement of Paralympic sports classification.
National Eligibility Officers (NEOs)
National Eligibility Officers are responsible for managing the eligibility process at a member organisation level. All World Intellectual Impairment Sport Members should register their NEO.
The NEO must be a qualified psychologist, and must not be the person conducting assessments. The NEO should review the athlete eligibility application form and all accompanying reports before it is submitted to World Intellectual Impairment Sport. This is to ensure it meets the l requirements set out in the application guidance notes.
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