International Blind Sports Federation

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) is a non-profit organisation founded 1981 in Paris, France. It was formerly known as the International Blind Sports Association.

International Blind Sports Federation
TypeSports federation
HeadquartersBonn, Germany[1]
Sandro Di Girolamo

IBSA's mission is to promote the full integration of blind and partially-sighted people in society through sport and to encourage people with a visual impairment to take up and practise sports. IBSA is a full and founding member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).


The International Blind Sports Association, known by the acronym 'IBSA', was formed in 1981.[2]

The inaugural IBSA president was Paralympic runner and skier Jens Bromann (from Danmark) who served eight years, before becoming involved with the International Paralympic Committee from 1988 to 1992.[2][3] IBSA was one of four organisations, later six, which formed the 'International Co-coordinating Committee Sports for the Disabled in the World' (ICC) in 1982, which on 22 September 1989 became the International Paralympic Committee, as the global governing body of the Paralympic movement.[3][4]

Second president (1993 to 2001) was Enrique Sanz (from Spain), followed by Enrique Perrez (2001 to 2005; also from Spain).[3] Fourth president Michael Barredo (from Philippines) served two terms, from 2005 to 2013.[2] Jannie Hammershøi (from Danmark), a former Paralympic goalball athlete, commenced in September 2013 to serve three terms.[5]

The association changed its name to federation between 2002 and 2003, when based in Spain and used the web address The federation was later relocated and registered to Bonn, Germany. Its logo also changed at sometime from a representation of a globe, to its initials with the federation name below; in both logos, the acronym of IBSA being represented in Braille dots.

Sixth president Sandro Di Girolamo (from Italy), the president of the Italian blind sports association, commenced a four year term from Monday 11 October 2021.[6]


IBSA is the international federation for several sports for people with a visual impairment, including three Paralympic sports (blind football, goalball and judo), powerlifting, ten-pin bowling, nine-pin bowling, torball, showdown.[7]

Competition is held within five regions: Africa, America, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.[8] For the sport of goalball, competitively Asia and Oceania are drawn together as 'Asia-Pacific' region.[9]

Sporting eventsEdit

IBSA's showcase event is the IBSA World Championships and Games, held every four years. The first games took place in 1998 in Madrid, Spain followed by the event in 2003 at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. the 3rd edition of the games was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 2007 and the 2011 games took place in Antalya, Turkey.

In 2015, between 8 May and 18 May, the 5th IBSA World Championships and Games was held in Seoul, South Korea and included competitions in powerlifting, judo, goalball, football, chess, tenpin bowling, tandem cycling, swimming, showdown, and athletics.

IBSA also organizes world and regional championships in many of its sports. Regional or continental championships are generally held in odd years, while world championships take place every four years in even years when there are no Paralympic Games.


Edition Year Host Date
1 1998   Spain, Madrid 18-26 July[10]
2 2003   Canada, Quebec 5-10 August[11]
3 2007   Brazil, São Paulo City 28 July-8 August[12]
4 2011   Turkey, Antalya 1-10 April[13]
5 2015   South Korea, Seoul 8-18 May
6 2019 [14]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "History - IBSA".
  2. ^ a b c "Former Presidents mark IBSA's 40th anniversary". International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). 10 October 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "History". International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Paralympics history". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  5. ^ GODDARD, Emily (1 September 2013). "Danish former Paralympian Hammershøi named IBSA President". Inside the Games. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Di Girolamo elected IBSA President". International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). 11 October 2021. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Sports". 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ "IBSA regions". International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Rules and download". IBSA Goalball. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  10. ^ "Madrid '98". IBSA. Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  11. ^ "II IBSA World Championships and Games" (PDF). IBSA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2004. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  12. ^ "3rd IBSA World Championships and Games Brazil 2007". IBSA. Archived from the original on 2 May 2007. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  13. ^ "IBSA World Championships and Games Antalya 2011". IBSA. Archived from the original on 11 September 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
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