Virtus is the International Federation for basketball for athletes with an intellectual impairment.
There is an established 5×5 programme and has recently introduced 3×3 competition to promote the growth of the women’s game.
World and regional Championships are held regularly, every four years.
Players interested in competing at a high level first need to contact their National Member Organisation.
The sport is managed by the Virtus Basketball Committee
The first World Championships were held in Greece in 1994 and the first European Championships in Poland in 1999. Basketball was also included when sports for athletes with intellectual impairments made their official debut at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. However the sport was taken off the Paralympic programme for 2004.
Whilst basketball has not made its way back onto the Paralympic programme it is still a popular sport within Virtus and features at the Virtus Global Games which is held every four years.
Rules and regulations
Basketball for athletes with an intellectual impairment is run according to the rules of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) with modifications made by Virtus. These include coaches being allowed to sit courtside during 3×3 competition and the shot clock running for 12 seconds.
The full sport specification for can be found here (Section 7).
- Chairperson – Tony Guihot (AUS)
- Americas – Emma De La Garcia (MEX)
- Asia – Naoke Ogowa (JPN)
- Europe – Richard Magnette (FRA)
- Oceania – Simon Robinson (AUS)