After five days of action packed events, the 2021 Virtus Swimming Championships have closed in Montlucon, France. Initially, the event was scheduled to be held in Brazil, however the Covid pandemic disrupted the plan and the French Virtus Member Organisation ‘Fédération Française du Sport Adapté (FFSA)’ stepped in to deliver a fantastic event. The event […]
About Mousumi Mazumdar
Mousumi joined Virtus in April 2020 as an intern assisting with social media, newsletter, and website updates.
She first supported Virtus during her Masters degree in 2018 – attending the European Summer Games in Paris and has since attended numerous events including 2019 Global Games, Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Entries by Mousumi Mazumdar
By Mousumi Mazumdar The World Para-Karate Championship took place in Dubai from 18th to 22nd November. It was the first Para-Karate championship endorsed by Virtus after the MOU with World Karate Federation (WKF) was signed in 2020. The initial days of the championship were packed with classifications of athletes and coaching sessions for para-coaches. On […]
By Mousumi Mazumdar (First published on IPC website on 06 Nov 2021) World and Paralympic records broken by athletes with intellectual impairments across three sports. A total of 161 athletes competed at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the intellectual impairment class events across three different sports – Para table tennis class 11, Para swimming […]
By Mousumi Mazumdar (First published on IPC website on 01 Nov 2021) Tokyo 2020 saw record participation of female athletes at a Paralympic Games, an increase by 11 per cent from Rio 2016. Amongst them were 71 athletes with an intellectual impairment whose inspirational performances left a lasting legacy. BIEGANOWSKA GRABS FOURTH PARALYMPIC GOLD […]
One of the most hotly anticipated events of the 2019 INAS Global Games – the men’s and women’s basketball finals – delivered drama galore on the closing day in Brisbane, Australia, on Saturday (19 October). Going into the women’s gold medal match, the general impression was that world champions Australia Gold would take the win […]
The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) revealed a new look, name and values on Saturday (19 October) that will take it into an exciting new era. Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport was unveiled at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Global Games in front of hundreds of athletes, coaches and dignitaries. The […]
With 10 days to go until the start of the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) Global Games, top athletes are arriving in Brisbane, Australia, ready to take to the track and field. Men and women will compete in a full range of events from long jump and shot […]
Great Britain’s Kiera Byland is ‘daring to dream’ of multiple medals from both the road and track during the 2019 Global Games in Brisbane, Australia, from 12-19 October. Byland is the defending women’s time trial and road race world champion, but is also hoping to excel in the team events as well as at the […]
The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) has announced that the 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games in Brisbane, Australia, will feature the biggest anti-doping programme in the event’s history. Alongside the Australian Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) and the Global Games Sports Company, World Intellectual Impairment Sport has been working […]
The gold, silver and bronze medals to be presented at over 200 medal ceremonies at the 2019 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) Global Games in Brisbane, Australia, were revealed at the Royal Australian Mint on Wednesday (25 September). The medals were designed by Royal Australian Mint Coin Designer, Bronwyn […]
Reece Dunn- The Golden boy from Tokyo 2020 ParalympicsReece Dunn is an athlete with an intellectual Impairment from Great Britain. He won 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and emerged as the most decorated athlete with an Intellectual Impairment. He was also the most successful British athlete.
Presentation of the Virtus para equestrian video competition 2021 (senior section)
Presentation of the Virtus para equestrian video competition 2021 (youth section)
Breanna Clarke (USA) Gold Medallist Tokyo 2020 Paralympic GamesBreanna Clarke (USA) Gold Medallist Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games 400m (T20) shares her Games experience.
MakingInvisibleVISIBLE - Celebrating Tokyo 2020 Paralympians in Intellectual Impairment class eventsThe Paralympians who competed at Tokyo2020 in Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis in the intellectual impairment class events. 63 Medals. 120 Athletes. You shine like stars!
Photo credit: OIS Photos
Athletes with Intellectual Impairment at Tokyo2020 Paralympic GamesAt the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, athletes with intellectual impairments competed in 22 medal events across Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis. This is a short highlights reel of some of the images from Tokyo2020, thanks to OISPhotos and ITTF.
Todd "the HULK" HodgettsBefore leaving Tokyo, Todd the Hulk shared with Virtus some of his thoughts.
Tokyo will be Todd's third consecutive Paralympic Games, the most any Australian athlete with an intellectual impairment has ever competed at.
Virtus - Our place in the human raceAcross the world, there are between 156-250 million people who live with a disability that is not visible. Source: WHO Report on Disability 2011.
Intellectual Impairment knows no boundaries. It cuts across the lines of racial, ethnic, educational, social, and economic backgrounds, and it can occur in any family.
There is a solution - SPORTS.
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport for 35 years has been on a mission to drive the development of elite sport worldwide for athletes with an intellectual impairment. But, like our athletes, Virtus has been invisible, mainly making a visible global impact every four years during the Global Games, which qualifies some ID athletes to compete at Paralympics in Athletics, Swimming, and Table Tennis only.
It's our time, to balance the scales and see millions of people have opportunities and access to sport, advocate for more inclusion of athletes and sports, and change the world for athletes with ID.