Male rowers from Italy

World Intellectual Impairment Sport Rowing launches ‘Cyber Championships’

The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) has launched an innovative online indoor rowing competition to grow the sport around the world.

World Intellectual Impairment Sport Rowing hopes to attract more athletes by allowing them to submit their performances by video between 15 January – 31 March for the 2019 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Rowing Cyber Championships.

Entries are open for various events such as the men’s and women’s 500m and 1,000m and the 2,000m mixed team relay for two men and two women.

Athletes with national or international eligibility and competition license in the II1 (for athletes with an intellectual impairment), II2 (for athletes with a more significant impairment) and II3 (for athletes with high functioning autism) are all able to compete. The II1 and II2 will be medal events and the II3 will be a demonstration to gauge global interest.

The event is also the first time II2 and II3 athletes can compete in an World Intellectual Impairment Sport Rowing competition.

A weekly rankings list will be published as the entries come in. Athletes can also submit more than one entry. Competition is expected to be fierce as rowers try to outdo each other over the 2.5 months.

More information about entry requirements can be found here.