To ensure competition is fair and equal, disability sport uses a system of ‘classification’ to ensure:
- That athletes in competition have a recognised disability or ”impairment’ – referred to as primary eligibility.
- That this impairment has an impact on their sports performance – referred to as sports classification.
Inas manages stage 1 of this process for athletes with an intellectual disability and supports the International Sports Federations to develop processes to determine stage 2.
Inas has produced a guide to eligibility and classification:
National Eligibility Officers
National Eligibility Officers are resonsible for managing the eligiblity process at a member organisation level. All Inas members should register their NEO with Inas using the form below.
The NEO must be a qualified psychologist, and must not be the person conducting assessments. The NEO should review the athlete eligibility application form and all accompanying reports BEFORE it is sent to the Secretariat to ensure it meets the evidential requirements as set out in the application guidance notes.
Sports Classification and the IPC Classification Code
As a member of the International Paralympic Committee Inas is a signatory to the IPC Classification Code. For more information, visit the sport pages or visit the IPC website.