In an open letter to the its membership, Marc Truffaut – President of Virtus, the International Federation for sport for athletes with an intellectual impairment – has called for greater support and recognition as the world emerges from the global pandemic.
In the letter he says “Each year, Virtus touches on the lives of more than 500,000 people – many more when families and friends are included – and sport provides a route out of the pandemic, creating healthier lives and helping to improve mental wellbeing. However, in too many countries, we do this without the support and recognition of our national governments”
“There is a growing body of evidence that shows that people with an intellectual impairment have been hit harder by the virus than other groups…. now then is the time that governments around the world must do more to support people with an intellectual impairment and to support organisations like Virtus and its members to deliver the services and opportunities that we all strive for”.
Virtus vision is for “An inclusive world for people with an intellectual impairment” but whilst every effort has been made to adapt and deliver new services during the global pandemic, it is inevitable that activities have been substantially affected and athletes around the world have been left without the opportunity to train and compete.
As Virtus rebuilds, Truffaut said “I want to call on all our member organisations to do whatever they can to ensure….. that NO VIRTUS ATHLETE IS LEFT BEHIND“