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
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
22
Sun
2020
2020 Cameroon Open Athletics Championships – CANCELLED
Mar 22 – Mar 30 all-day
2020 Cameroon Open Athletics Championships - CANCELLED

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

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.

Jun
8
Mon
2020
2020 Cameroon Open Football Championships – CANCELLED
Jun 8 – Jun 17 all-day
2020 Cameroon Open Football Championships - CANCELLED

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

Jun
27
Sat
2020
2020 Mencap Open National Athletics Championships – CANCELLED @ Sheffield Hallam University
Jun 27 all-day
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.

Oct
1
Thu
2020
Global Skills Challenge – Football and Futsal @ Virtual event
Oct 1 – Dec 21 all-day
Global Skills Challenge - Football and Futsal @ Virtual event

Virtus is delighted to launch the Global Challenge Series – a new series of online or virtual events to support opportunities for athletes to remain connected to their sport.

Virtus member organisations can register their expression of interest now for the Football/Futsal Challenge series – a skills challenge for any Virtus athlete who holds a minimum of a national eligibility.

Please note that entries must be submitted through the Virtus member organisation.

 

Mar
9
Tue
2021
2021 European Indoor Athletics Championships @ Stadium métropolitain Pierre Quinon
Mar 9 – Mar 14 all-day
2021 European Indoor Athletics Championships @ Stadium métropolitain Pierre Quinon

Virtus Europe is delighted to confirm France as hosts of the 2021 European Indoor Athletics Championships.

Jul
18
Sun
2021
2021 World Tennis Championships @ TC Wimbledon
Jul 18 – Jul 24 all-day
2021 World Tennis Championships @ TC Wimbledon

Further details will be available in due course.