International Blind Sports Federation
|International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA)|
|Membership||116 National Federations|
|President||Mr. Michael Barredo|
International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), is the officially recognised world body with responsibility for governance of sports for blind and partially sighted athletes worldwide.
IBSA is a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
“Our Vision is of a world in which people who are blind or partially sighted can fulfil their dreams through sport for life”
“Our Mission is to advocate an active way of life by providing opportunities for our members to organize and take part in sporting activities.
We do this by demonstrating organizational leadership and by sharing the skills necessary to empower and support our members. ”
What does IBSA do?
- World experts in Blind Sports
- Sets rules for blind sports
- Sanctions International Competitions
- Monitors quality of sporting events
- Provides expertise to event organisers
- Responsible for Classification of Athletes
- Enforces IBSA Anti-doping rules (in full compliance with WADC)
Paralympic Sports governed by IBSA:
Other sports popular with blind and partially sighted athletes:
- Athletics (Track & Field)
- Bowling (Ninepin & Tenpin)
- Football/Futsal (B2/B3)
- Skiing (Alpine & Nordic)
Major IBSA Sporting Competitions
World Games (multi-sport) – 1,200+ athletes – every 4 years
World Championships (each sport) – every 4 years
Continental Championships (each sport) – every 2 years
World Youth Championships (multi-sport) – every 2 years
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