The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) has opened the bidding process for the 2023 Global Games.
Attracting more than 1,000 competitors, the Global Games are the world’s biggest gathering of elite athletes with intellectual impairments.
Featuring sports such as athletics, swimming, table tennis, futsal, hockey, indoor and outdoor rowing, road cycling, taekwondo and tennis, organisers can also submit applications for demonstration sports.
The event always takes place in the year ahead of the Paralympic Games. Many medallists have used the Global Games as a springboard, going onto make the podium at the Paralympics.
INAS President Marc Truffaut said: “The Global Games are our biggest, most prestigious event and one that is constantly growing in size and profile.
“They act as the World Championships for each sport in that year and for the non-Paralympic sports on the programme, it is the highest level those athletes can compete at.”
Inas are seeking bids from Inas member organisations for the 2023 Games. An expression of interest is requested by 30 April 2018. Candidate countries will be announced on 31st May and formal bids will be accepted up to 31 January 2018.
The next Global Games will take place in Brisbane, Australia in 2019.
Any GB Team entry to the Inas Global Games is managed by the UK Sports Association, the official Great Britain member of Inas.