Athletes display incredible strength of character both on and off the field of play. They work hard, overcome set-backs and never give-up. They are important ambassadors for sport for people with intellectual impairments, showing others what can be achieved and breaking down barriers.
Athletes strive to reach the top of the podium, to improve themselves and their performances with every sprint, swim, throw, shot and move. Through this they change perceptions and push the boundaries of what was previously thought possible.
It takes great courage to train and perform, to put yourself and your body on the line to reach the best in your sport. With their immense achievements, athletes change perceptions.
Athletes with integrity play honestly and fairly, always respecting the rules and results.
We strive to ensure that as many people as possible know about high performance sports for athletes with intellectual impairments and the opportunities that exist to compete at an international level.
We also aim to ensure that everyone knows about the amazing achievements of the athletes, so that they can enjoy better support and recognition.
We work with our member countries to organise major international events for athletes with intellectual impairments such as world and regional Championships in 14 sports, supported by global governing bodies. This ensures athletes can compete regularly at the highest levels against the best in the world.
We also take care of eligibility, ensuring that those athletes who compete at our events have a recognised impairment. For some, this is their first step towards the Paralympic Games. Our role for eligibility also includes training and education for national officers so that countries can develop their own pool of competitors.
We oversee the development and growth of elite sport for people with intellectual impairments at the highest level. This includes setting rules and ensuring fair play in areas such as anti-doping.
We ensure that the rights of athletes with intellectual impairments are recognised and considered in the global sports landscape. We also work with sports governing bodies to ensure athletes with intellectual impairments have the opportunity to compete under their banner.
The Virtus is the emblem of World Intellectual Impairment Sport. It represents how both the federation and the athletes join forces in sport for people with intellectual impairments.
It places the characteristics of the athletes at the front and centre of our movement, combined with the role of World Intellectual Impairment Sport in supporting them.
Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport is a Latin word which was first used in ancient Rome.
It perfectly captures the spirit of athletes with intellectual impairments who live our new values through their sporting performances and achievements.