Following a lengthy research and trial period, the Virtus Governing Board recently confirmed that the II3 eligibility group – for athletes with autism – will be considered as full medal competition at the upcoming Global Games. Until now the group had been offered on a demonstration basis.
The Global Games are the pinnacle event in the Virtus calendar and the 6th edition – which take place in Vichy – France from June 4th 2023 – offer the largest sport and medal programme to date, featuring championship competition in 14 sports.
Research into the development of a new competition category began in 2018 when it was recognised that many athletes with autism face barriers in sport. Some may need specific adaptation and support which is not available in mainstream sport and competition and so are not able to fulfil their sporting potential. The new Virtus pathway is unique in the world of sport.
Details of the new II3 eligibility criteria are available here and Virtus will be sharing more information to members in early February.