Inaugural Virtus Oceania Asia Games announced for 2022

Inaugural Virtus Oceania Asia Games announced for 2022

The Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022 will be held in Brisbane, Australia.

This multi-sport event will commence from 5 November with competition running until the 12 November 2022.

Virtus would like to congratulate Sport Inclusion Australia (SIA), as the successful National Member Organisation to bring another major multi-sport Virtus event to the golden shores of Brisbane Australia.
Following on from the successful Global Games 2019 event held in Brisbane, the continued ripple effect of how sport changes lives for the better, is entrenched in the Australian landscape, and there is much excitement about seeing athletes representing their countries and competing for medals and achieving personal best performances.

Virtus President, Marc Truffaut acknowledged that this year due to COVID-19, most Virtus events had to be cancelled and some postponed. This was a difficult situation for the more than 500,000 athletes supported by the Virtus Member Nations who had their plans and schedule disrupted without live events to train for and attend.

“Congratulations to Ms Helen Croxford, President, Ms Robyn Smith, CEO, and the team at SIA for winning the bid to host the first Virtus Oceania Asia Games.” Mr Truffaut said.

“I personally have fond memories of being in Brisbane for GG2019, having been there as representative of Virtus and on behalf of the French athletes. I am looking forward to seeing the new rising stars from the Oceania Asia region and keeping an eye on them in the lead up to bringing their competition to Global Games 2023 in Vichy, France.” he said.

“Through sport, Virtus and its athletes are changing attitudes, challenging perceptions and strengthening communities locally and globally.”

This announcement coincides with International Day of People With Disabilities. Virtus is the governing body for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment, and has its sights set on bringing more nations and more athletes into the Virtus community.

According to the WHO Report on Disability 2011, between 2% to 3% of the world population live with an intellectual impairment, that’s an estimated 178-256 million people with an intellectual impairment in the world. It is the largest impairment group, and for most it is a non-visible impairment.

Sport provides connection to community and provides meaning and purpose. Active engagement in Sport has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the individual and supports our commitment to advancing many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Ms Helen Croxford, President of Sport Inclusion Australia said she was excited and grateful to have an experienced team of dedicated people, who keep raising the standards for elite sport events, creating legacies and positive impacts of sport for community.

“Sport is a human right” Ms Croxford said.

The Virtus Oceania Asia Games 2022 will hold a vision of Sport for Humanity.

This event opens a lane for more participation from Asia and Oceania region countries and Virtus hopes to see the first Pacific Nation attend and join the Virtus global community.

Mr. Patrick Chan, President of Virtus Asia based in Hong Kong spoke highly of the standards and calibre of event presented in Brisbane for the Global Games in 2019.

“A regional event like this has the potential to showcase the biggest and most diverse group of athletes from countries in Asia and Oceania so that it may inspire more of our neighbouring nations to become part of the Virtus global network.” Mr Chan said.

“Virtus is the only governing body for elite athletes with an intellectual impairment, so this drives us to seek inclusion in sport and create opportunities for our region’s young people to choose a path in sport, with the support of a global community.”

Whilst the final sport program is being finalised we are pleased to confirm the following sports will form part of the program: Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Rowing, Swimming, Table Tennis and Tennis. Additional Sports will be considered as a result of consultation with Virtus Nation Members and interested Pacific Nations in the coming months as we confirm the Official Sport Program.

More information about the event program, sport, and eligibility will be shared in due course over the next 703 days till OAGames2022.

Virtus invites interest nations and partners to stay up to date about this event via social media and website. Governments, International Sport Federations and Partners are also invited to be part of the movement of Sport for Humanity.

For more information visit oagames2022.org and stay updated on #OAGames2022