Preview: July to feature world’s best athletes in cricket, cycling












A jam-packed month of sport for athletes with intellectual impairments is on its way in July, highlighted by an International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) World Championships in cycling.

2017 World Intellectual Impairment Sport World Cycling Championships

Assen, the Netherlands, will host the most important competition on the calendar for the world’s best cyclists between 30 July – 4 August.

The French duo of Jeremy Pereira Teixera and Aurelie Minodier are the defending champions in the men’s and women’s individual time trial and individual road race, respectively. A team time trial event will also be held.

Athletes will compete at Assen 2017 alongside the UCI European Junior Cycling Tour. Updates will be shared on World Intellectual Impairment Sport’ Facebook and Twitter throughout the event.

2017 World Intellectual Impairment Sport Cricket Tri-Nations

Defending champions England host South Africa and Australia at grounds across Cheshire between 9-21 July. Two trophies are up for grabs – T20 and 40 over.

England open their campaign against South Africa on 10 July in the first 40 over match.

Live scoring will be available for the first time at England Cricket’s website.  Updates will be shared on World Intellectual Impairment Sport’ Facebook and Twitter throughout the event.

2017 World Para Athletics Championships

Para sport returns to the Olympic Park in London, Great Britain, for what is expected to be 10 days of incredible action from 14-23 July.

A variety of track and field events for athletes with intellectual impairments (T20 for track and F20 for field) are on the programme. Brazil’s 400m T20 world and Paralympic champion and world record holder, Daniel Martins, is amongst the big names.

Live coverage will be available at World Para Athletic’s website.

2017 World Para Swimming World Series

The final World Series event of the season takes place in Berlin, Germany, from 6-9 July.

Great Britain’s Bethany Firth, who competes in S14 events for swimmers with intellectual impairments, currently leads the women’s world rankings for all Para sport classifications.

Live results will be available at World Para Swimming’s website. 

International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) events

Two competitions in Asia feature players with intellectual impairments competing in class 11 competitions.

The 4th Taichung Table Tennis Open for the Disabled 2017 in Taichung, Chinese Taipei, from 16-19 July and the Korea Open in Mungyeong, South Korea from 21-24 July are both events to keep an eye on.

More information is available at the ITTF website. 

World Intellectual Impairment Sport represents more than 250,000 athletes with intellectual impairments around the world. We give elite athletes the chance to compete at an international level and on the Paralympic stage. But we cannot continue our work towards the inclusion of the people with intellectual impairments in sport and society without your support.

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