Peru to Host Inaugural 2026 Virtus Americas Regional Games

Virtus, the International Sports Federation for athletes with an intellectual impairment, has announced that Peru will host the 2026 Virtus Americas Regional Games – the inaugural Games for the Region.

The event will be hosted by Federacion Deportiva Peruana De Personas Con Discapacidad Intellectual- FEDEPEDI, Virtus member organization in Peru and will take place between 2nd October 2026 and 11th October 2026, in Lima.

Peru’s stunning landscapes, from the Andes mountains to the Amazon jungle will provide the perfect backdrop for an exceptional sports event. The Games are predicted to foster camaraderie, cultural exchange, and the growth of sports in the region.

Manuel del Castillo, President of FEDEPEDI, is also the Vice President of the Peruvian Olympic Committee – COP.  expressed his excitement for the games.

We are deeply grateful and honoured to have been chosen to host the VIRTUS American Games here in Peru. Our rich and diverse culture, steeped in history and tradition, provides a fitting setting for this prestigious event that celebrates inclusion and amplifies vital efforts focused on empowering people with intellectual disabilities”, said

The Games will act as a catalyst to raise awareness and foster a collective effort to create an inclusive world for all. Through the unifying power of sport, we can show the immense potential of people with intellectual disabilities who with the right support can achieve remarkable goals and overcome challenges”, he further added.

FEDEPEDI will collaborate with the National Paralympic Association of Peru (ANPPERU), the Peruvian Olympic Committee (COP), and the Peruvian Institute of Sports (IPD). This collaboration will have a significant impact, and ensure the successful organization and execution of the games.

The multi-sport event will offer competition across ten sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cycling, Futsal, Judo, Swimming, Taekwondo, Tennis and Table Tennis.

Virtus already holds Regional Games in Europe and jointly in Asia/Oceania in the year before Global Games. Marc Truffaut, Virtus President explained how important it was for the Americas region to be added,

“Virtus is developing a very comprehensive competition pathway for athletes with an intellectual impairment and Regional Games are a critical part of this. I am delighted that FEDEPEDI has come forward to host this inaugural event for our Americas members.”

With a rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality, Peru awaits to welcome athletes and delegations from the Americas to exchange experiences and showcase their talents.

Details regarding the sports programme will follow soon.