»Eligibility and Classification
To ensure competition is fair and equal, disability sport uses a system of ‘classification’.
- That athletes in competition have a recognised disability or ”impairment’ – referred to as primary eligibility.
- 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:
Further guidance including application forms and guidance notes can be found below.
New! – 2014 Research Project
Over the next few weeks, Inas in partnership with Canterbury Christchurch University, will be conducting a research project to investigate the health and other barriers faced by athletes with intellectual and related impairments in sport.
For further information about the project:
Information about the eligibility criteria and how to apply for primary eligibility.
The Inas Master List shows details of eligible and ineligible athletes.
National Eligibility Officers are responsible for managing the eligibility process at a member organisation level. All Inas members should register their NEO with Inas
With support from the British Psychological Society, Inas has developed a series of educational resources to help understanding of the process of athlete classification.
Sports Classification and the IPC Classification Code
As a member of the International Paralympic Committee and as condition of entry to the 2012 Paralympic Games, Inas adopted the IPC Classification Code, which requires the organisation to develop sport-specific classifications systems for athletes with an intellectual disability. This work has been overseen by a joint Inas-IPC working group, and has been supported by a dedicated research team and representatives from International Federations including ITTF.