Established by professionals who want to promote the inclusion of athletes with intellectual impairments. First executives appointed in January.
The first General Assembly is held and the first executives are elected. INAS-FMH is a member of the International Coordinating Committee, which later becomes the International Paralympic Committee
The ‘1st World Games for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability’ are held in Harnosand, Sweden. These later become the Global Games which takes place every four years.
In September, the first ‘Paralympic Games for Persons with a Mental Handicap’ were held in Madrid, Spain. 70 countries competed
A demonstration programme for athletes with an intellectual impairment was included at the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games.
A larger programme of athletics, swimming, men’s basketball, and table tennis were included in Sydney 2000 Paralympics Games. However, the dishonest actions of a small number of people will have a devastating impact on all athletes with an intellectual impairment for many years to follow.
The 1st Global Games are held in Bollnas, Sweden, with more than 1000 athletes from across the world. The event takes place again in 2009 before settling into the year before the Paralympic Games for in 2011, 2015 and 2019.
After a period of absence, athletes with an intellectual impairment return to the Paralympic stage at London 2012 in swimming, athletics and table tennis.
Virtus celebrates 30 years with a special award ceremony in Paris, France – recognising athletes and key individuals from the organisations history.
Membership increased to the highest level on record, reaching more than 6,500 athletes on the master list and an unprecedented 500,000 athletes worldwide.
New eligibility groups are introduced to Virtus competition for the first time in our history promoting inclusion for athletes with multiple and severe impairment, and athletes with autism.
INAS becomes ‘Virtus’.
The aim of the re-brand is to help make the invisible, visible. The Virtus brand is fresh, exciting, and has a modern look, which places the talent and ability of athletes at its core.
Worldwide sport is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Virtus moves competition online and develops new services and programmes to support athletes and member organisations through this difficult period.
Virtus marks its 35 year with the launch of a new Strategic Plan, which aims to reach more athletes in more nations, and include more sports over the next four years.