INAS Global Games

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The INAS Global Games is a quadrennial global, international multi-sport event organised by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS). First organised in 2004,[1] it is intended for elite competition in disability sports for athletes with intellectual disability and, since 2017, autism and down syndrome.[2] It is the largest sporting event of its type. Athletes must have received classification from INAS to compete.[3]

A precursor event was the World Games for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability held in 1989.[4] The competition was discontinued following the integration of athletes with intellectual disabilities into the Paralympics programme in 1996, though renewed exclusion following disability fabrication at the 2000 Summer Paralympics led to the relaunch as the INAS Global Games.[5] The first three INAS Global Games were hosted in Europe. The fourth edition in 2015 expanded to South America,[6] though INAS were forced to take over organisational duties due to the collapse of the local organising committee.[4] Australia won the hosting rights for the 2019 event, having led the medal rankings of the previous three.[7] Initially the competition was seen as a specialist event by other sports governing bodies, but the INAS athletics, swimming and table tennis competitions are now recognised and sanctioned by the main global bodies for those disability sports.[8]

The games is separate from the INAS World Championships, which are a series of sport-specific championships.


No. Year Dates City Country Champion Sports Events Countries Athletes
1989 Härnösand Sweden
1 2004 July Bollnäs Sweden  Poland 6 40 1000+
2 2009 7–11 June Liberec Czech Republic  Australia 9 34 800+
3 2011 26 September – 4 October Loano Italy  Australia 9 30 700+
4 2015 20–27 September Quito Ecuador  Australia 8 35 600+[4]
5 2019 12–19 October Brisbane Australia 11 50 1000+


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  1. ^ "International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport: Global Games". Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ History of INAS. INAS. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  3. ^ Etchells, Daniel (2019-06-25). in athletics, swimming and table tennis confirmed for 2019 INAS Global Games. Inside the Games. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  4. ^ a b c Butler, Nick (2015-09-29). Inas considering legal action after "collapse" of Global Games Organising Committee. Inside the Games. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  5. ^ How the Paralympics checks intellectual disability. BBC (2012-08-30). Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  6. ^ The 4th Inas Global Games 2015. Sport and Dev. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  7. ^ INAS Global Games 2019. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  8. ^ INAS Global Games recognised by ITTF. Paralympic (2019-01-10). Retrieved 2019-09-21.