Today, delegations from across the World begin to return home following their participation in the 2015 INAS Global Games.
Over the past week, Ecuador has witnessed some fantastic performances from the world’s best athletes with an intellectual disability.
The Global Games have crossed the ‘Equator’ of the event which means we are half way through the competition in the fourth edition of the Games. Guayaquil, Guaranda and Cuenca have seen in action athletes in seven of the nine sports taking place in this pinnacle event of the ID Sport calendar. Spectators have had the opportunity to enjoy the amazing performances of athletes in the athletics, swimming, cycling, basketball, futsal, tennis and table tennis competitions.
Yesterday marked the first day of competitions at the Ecuador 2015 INAS Global Games. Cycling, Futsal, Tennis and Basketball events took place and the Games had its first medallists on the Cycling Team Time Trial event; France and its athletes M. Collin and J. Pereira took the highest spot on the podium, followed by D. Merten and J. Duinkerke representing Holland, and E. Sarango and A. Jacome snapped the last chance for medals taking the 3rd place.
The sixth World Para-Taekwondo Championships are underway in Samsun, Turkey, with more than 130 athletes from 38 countries competing.
Following as partnership with INAS, athletes with an intellectually disability will compete in poomsae competition – an artistic form of the sport.
The first INAS International Sailing Championships for sailors with an intellectual disability are being hosted by Docklands Yacht Club in Melbourne, Australia.
Entries are now open for the Championships that will be conducted from January 22-26 next year.
The Opening Ceremony of the 2015 INAS Global Games in Ecuador is less than 3 weeks away. More than two and a half years of planning culminates with more than 650 athletes from 35 nations competing in 9 sports.
Further to our update last week regarding the increased activity of the Cotapaxi Volcano in Ecuador, we have continued to liaise closely with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2015 Global Games and sought advice from a number of official sources including the Ecuadorian Institute of Geophysics, embassies and government.
20th of August marks one month to go until the opening ceremony of the 2015 Ecuador INAS Global Games – the world’s largest elite sporting event for athletes with an intellectual disability.
Registration for the Games closed on the 31st of July with 35 countries confirming their participation in this pinnacle event of the INAS calendar.