Developing the sports specific classification system for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete in International Paralympic competition
Burns, J. 2012. Developing the sports specific classification system for athletes with intellectual disabilities to compete in International Paralympic competition.
In the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games it was found that some people competing in the intellectual disabilities class in basketball did not have intellectual disabilities. This was a major, purposeful, transgression of the rules and as a result people with intellectual disabilities were disallowed from competing in future Paralympic events. This paper will describe the research and procedures which have been put in place to provide the evidence to support the re-inclusion of athletes with intellectual disabilities back into the Paralympic Games. This will include a description of the processes in place to establish initial eligibility criteria that athletes meet the definition of having an intellectual disability and also the classification procedures that then establish that the disability has an impact upon the sport. Three sports have been agreed for re-inclusion in London 2012, table tennis, athletics and swimming and the research producing the classification system for each will be described.
|Conference||International Symposium of Sports for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities|
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|Deposited||24 Jul 2012|
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