Virtus Event Calendar

Each year, Virtus works with its member nations to host an extensive programme of world and regional Championship events:

  • World and regional Championships – Virtus organises world, regional and smaller competitions for all of the sports on its programme. World and regionals are held on two and four year cycles depending on the sport.
  • Global Games – The Global Games are held every four years and act as the World Championships for each sport featured.
  • Other competitions – Virtus also recognises other competitions where the results will go towards the world rankings. They may also be recognised as part of the development of the sport. These are know as ‘sanctioned events’.

Open Event Bids

Events are awarded through an open bid process, and hosting an event can have considerable benefits for the host nation. It is a chance to showcase sport for athletes with an intellectual impairment throughout your country, a great way to build new partnerships including sponsors, the media, volunteers and supporters, and is a great way to share national traditions and culture with the rest of the world.

  • 2021 World Basketball Championships – deadline for bids 30th September 2020
  • 2021 World Table Tennis Championships – deadline for bids 30th September 2020
  • 2022 European Futsal Championships – deadline for bids 30th September 2020
  • 2022 Regional Games – Asia/Oceania – deadline for bids is 31st October 2020
  • 2023 Pan-American Regional Games – deadline for bids is 31st October 2020

Bids should be made in accordance with the specification guidelines which can be found in the Virtus Policies and Procedures and you are strongly encouraged to speak to the relevant Sport Director before commencing your bid.

Virtus will work with you to develop your bid, and if successful, we will work with you at every step of the way to ensure a successful event with lasting legacy.

Four-year event cycle

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Mar
6
Wed
2019
2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Indoor Athletics Championships (Europe) @ Atakoy Athletics Arena
Mar 6 – Mar 11 all-day
2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Indoor Athletics Championships (Europe) @ Atakoy Athletics Arena

The 9th Open European Athletics Championships will take place in Istanbul. The event is sanctioned by World Para Athletics.

 

Apr
4
Thu
2019
2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Athletics Cross-Country World Championships @ Trzebnica, Poland
Apr 4 – Apr 8 all-day
2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Athletics Cross-Country World Championships @ Trzebnica, Poland

The 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Athletics Cross-Country World Championships head to Poland, from 4-8 April. Featuring the world’s best athletes from all over the world, men’s and women’s events will be contested.

30.1.2019: Please note the venue for this event has changed from Ostrzeszów to Trzebnica. An updated entry pack is available from the ISMS. 

Apr
8
Mon
2019
3rd World Intellectual Impairment Sport Para Equestrian Video Competition
Apr 8 – Sep 29 all-day
3rd World Intellectual Impairment Sport Para Equestrian Video Competition

The 3rd World Intellectual Impairment Sport Para Dressage video competition is now open for entry until 29th September 2019.

Non-World Intellectual Impairment Sport members should email events@inas.org for assistance.

Oct
9
Wed
2019
2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games @ Brisbane, Australia
Oct 9 – Oct 20 all-day

GG2019Brisbane, Australia will host the 5th edition of the World Intellectual Impairment Sport Global Games – the world biggest event for elite athletes with intellectual impairments. Taking place a year after Australia hosts the Commonwealth Games, the event promises to be the biggest and best yet.

Athletes, parents, coaches and other supporters should contact their World Intellectual Impairment Sport Member Organisation regarding entry details.

World Intellectual Impairment Sport Member Organisations can submit their entry via the ISMS.

 

 

Jan
9
Thu
2020
2020 Swimming Championships (Asia) – CANCELLED @ Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool, Hong Kong
Jan 9 – Jan 11 all-day
2020 Swimming Championships (Asia) - CANCELLED @ Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park Swimming Pool, Hong Kong

20.10.19 Please be aware that due to the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong, this event has been cancelled. We are looking at opportunities to stage the event later in 2020 and will advise the membership as soon possible.

Feb
23
Sun
2020
2020 World Indoor Athletics
Feb 23 – Feb 28 all-day

The 2020 World Indoor Athletics will take place in Poland. Event information will be available in early 2020 and we apologise for the late notice which was beyond our control.

Mar
15
Sun
2020
CANCELLED: 2020 World Skiing Championships
Mar 15 – Mar 22 all-day
CANCELLED: 2020 World Skiing Championships
Update 26.2.20: Over the past days, travel advisories have been put in place for certain areas of northern Italy due to the ongoing Corvid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak .
Although some distance from the affected areas, the Organising Committee of the forthcoming European Winter Games which includes the World Skiing Championships – due to take place in March – have advised that the event cannot now go ahead as planned.
Virtus regretfully confirms that the 2020 World Skiing Championships will therefore be cancelled whilst our European colleagues have advised that the Winter Games are to be postponed.
Virtus extends best wishes to the people in the affected areas.
Mar
25
Wed
2020
4th Virtus Para Equestrian Video Competition
Mar 25 – Oct 4 all-day
4th Virtus Para Equestrian Video Competition

The 4th Virtus Para Dressage video competition is now open for entry until 4th October 2020. Entry is open to II1, II2 and II3 (demonstration basis)

Riders in nations without a Virtus Member Organisation should email sport@virtus.sport for assistance.

Update 17.8.20: Following consultation with the FEI (who have recently withdrawn support for any online equestrian competition), it has been necessary to implement a minor change to the test used in the 2020 Virtus para-equestrian competition.

The new test is downloadable with the entry pack and you will see a minor amendment to the halt at the end of the test (G to X for senior riders and X to G for the youth competition).

If you have already submitted your entry you are able to re-submit a new entry at no additional cost.

Jul
18
Sat
2020
2020 World Tennis Championships – CANCELLED @ TC Wimbledon
Jul 18 – Jul 26 all-day
2020 World Tennis Championships - CANCELLED @ TC Wimbledon

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this event has been cancelled.

We will confirm alternative arrangements as soon as possible.

Jul
21
Tue
2020
2020 World Cycling Championships – CANCELLED
Jul 21 – Jul 27 all-day
2020 World Cycling Championships - CANCELLED

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this event has been cancelled.

We will confirm alternative arrangements as soon as possible.