A cross-country runner celebrates winning gold

France reveal team for indoor athletics Championships

The hosts of the 2018 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) Indoor Athletics Championships have revealed a 19-strong team of athletes who will go for titles in Val de Reuil, France, between 2-4 March.

The team will feature a series of world champions and medallists from indoor and outdoor athletics.

They include Gloria Agblemagnon who won gold at the 2017 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Athletics Championships in the women’s discus and hammer. Charles Antoine Kouakou will also compete having taken the men’s 200m title and bronze at the 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships in the 400m.

Marion Candelier will hope to continue her winning streak from the 2017 World Intellectual Impairment Sport World Cross Country Championships in December, where she took double gold in the women’s short and long distance races.

Val de Reuil 2018 is expected to attract 100 athletes from 15 countries and will be held at the Jesse Owens Stadium. It follows on from the last edition in Ancona, Italy, in 2016.

It will feature athletes with an intellectual impairment (II1) as well two trial groups: II2 – for athletes with a more significant intellectual impairment, and II3 – for athletes with high-functioning autism.

Full French team:


Gloria Agblemagnon

Aminata Camara

Marion Candelier

Danielle Delage

Virginie Dreux

Laurie Brandell


Rashid Boutasghount

Renaud Breuk

Saby Chelvalme

Abdoulaye Coulibaly

Quentin Foratier

Gael Geoffroy

Charles Antoine Kouakou

Florian Lariviere

Sebastian Mengual

Johan Roigt

Daniel Royer

Damien Rumeau

Nicolas Virapin