Athlete Eligibility and Classification
Eligibility and classification are essential for fair competition in para sport.
For all sports, eligibility is the first stage any athlete with an intellectual impairment must go through to compete.
In some sports with a Paralympic pathway, classification is also mandatory.
- Eligibility ensures the athlete has an eligible impairment in line with the IPC Classification Code. It is a process managed worldwide by Virtus.
- Classification establishes whether the impairment has an impact on sports performance, and is a process managed by the International Federation for the sport.
For Virtus and many other competitions, only eligibility is required. For Paralympic competition, eligibility and classification are required.