International Blind Sports Federation

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International Blind Sports Federation
Formation 1981
Type Sports federation
Headquarters Bonn, Germany[1]
President
Jannie Hammershoi
Website www.ibsasport.org.

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) is a nonprofit organization founded 1981 in Paris, France. 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 practice sports. IBSA is a full and founding member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

IBSA is the international federation for several sports for people with a visual impairment, including three Paralympic sports (Five-a-side football, Goalball and Judo), Powerlifting, Ten-pin bowling, Nine-pin bowling, Torball, Athletics, Alpine skiing, Biathlon, Swimming, Shooting, Archery, Showdown, Nordic skiing, and Cycling.[2]

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, 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 May 8 and May 18, 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.

Events[edit]

IBSA World Games[edit]

Edition Year Host Dates sports
1 1998  Spain, Madrid July 18–26[3] 4
2 2003  Canada, Quebec August 5–10[4] 5
3 2007  Brazil, São Paulo City July 28-August 8[5] 6
4 2011  Turkey, Antalya April 1–10[6] 7
5 2015  South Korea, Seoul May 8–18 10
6 2019 [7]

IBSA World Youth Games (WYC)[edit]

Edition Year Host Dates Sports
1 2005  USA, Colorado Springs August 4-10 5
2 2007  USA, Colorado Springs July 11–17 5
3 2009  USA, Colorado Springs July 15–20 3
4 2011  USA, Colorado Springs July 13–18 3
5 2013  USA, Colorado Springs September 13–15 2
6 2015  USA, Colorado Springs July 26–30 1
7 2017  HUN, Budaors July 1–9 1

Blind and visually impaired athletes are advised that the IBSA World Student Championships will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo. from July 13-18. This is an open and self-funded competition opportunity for athletes between 13 and 19-years-olds.

World Blind Championships[edit]

The World Blind Championships is an international sports competition for Blind athletes. The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) is the main governing body responsible for the organization of World Blind Championships. Some of sports have not separate World Blind Championships and part of World Para Championships. Also some of sports have a independent organization different from IBSA.

  • 1- IBSA World Championships
Number Event First Edition Last Edition
Main Sports
- World Blind Athletics Championship * *
- World Blind Swimming Championship * *
- World Blind Cycling Championship * *
1 World Blind Shooting Championship 2002 3th (2016)
Combat & Power Sports
- World Blind Taekwondo Championship * *
2 World Blind Judo Championship 1987 9th (2018)
3 World Blind Powerlifting Championship* 2003 14th (2018)
Team Sports
4 World Blind Football Championships 1998 6th (2014)
5 World Goalball Championships 1978 11th (2018)
6 World Torball Championships 2004(3) 5th (2015)
Winter Sports
- World Blind Alpine Skiing Championship * *
- World Blind Nordic Skiing Championship * *
- World Blind Snowboard Championship not yet not yet
Other Sports
7 World Blind Ninepin Bowling Championships 2007 3rd (2015)
8 World Blind Tenpin Bowling Championship 2002 5th (2017)
9 World Blind Chess Championship 2016 2nd (2018)
10 World Showdown Championships 2005 4th (2017)


  • 1- Part of IBSA World Games (have not separate World Championships).
  • 2- Part of UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships and IBSA World Games (have not separate World Championships).
  • 3- Part of World Para Taekwondo Championship (have not separate World Championships).
  • 4- Powelifting & Bench Press.
  • 5- Part of World Para Alpine Skiing Championship & World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (have not separate World Championships). Nordic Skiing = Biathlon & Cross Country Skiing [8] [9]


  • 2- Part of World Para Championships (non-IBSA World Championships)
Number Event First Edition Last Edition
Main Sports
1 World Blind Archery Championship - -
2 World Blind Cycling Championship - -
Combat & Power Sports
3 World Blind Taekwondo Championship - -
Team Sports
Winter Sports
4 World Blind Alpine Skiing Championship - -
5 World Blind Nordic Skiing Championship - -
6 World Blind Snowboard Championship not yet not yet
Other Sports
7 World Blind Equestrian Championship - -
8 World Blind Rowing Championship - -
  • 3- World Blind Championships (Other Organization/non-IBSA World Championships)
Number Sport Organisation Web
1 Tennis International Blind Tennis Association http://ibta-takei.com/
2 Bowls International Blind Bowls Association http://www.blindbowls.org/
3 Golf International Blind Golf Association http://www.internationalblindgolf.org/
4 Sailing Blind Sailing International http://www.blindsailinginternational.com/

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History - IBSA". 
  2. ^ "Sports". ibsasport.org. 15 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Madrid '98". IBSA. Archived from the original on 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ "II IBSA World Championships and Games" (PDF). IBSA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-11-22. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  5. ^ "3rd IBSA World Championships and Games Brazil 2007". IBSA. Archived from the original on 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  6. ^ "IBSA World Championships and Games Antalya 2011". IBSA. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  7. ^ http://www.ibsasport.org/news/1125/ibsa-launches-2019-world-games-bid-process
  8. ^ https://www.paralympic.org/bigwhite-2017
  9. ^ https://www.paralympic.org/finsterau-2017

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