China’s Debut at INAS Global Games – Brisbane 2019

With Bris­bane Aus­tralia look­ing to host the largest rep­re­sen­ta­tion of inter­na­tion­al ath­letes in the his­to­ry of the INAS Glob­al Games in Octo­ber this year, the Local Organ­is­ing Com­mit­tee is delight­ed one of the world’s sport­ing titans is enter­ing a team for the very first time in the 2019 Games.

We are excit­ed that Chi­na has reg­is­tered a team of 37 ath­letes and offi­cials who will com­pete in Ath­let­ics, Swim­ming and Table Ten­nis,” says Robyn Smith CEO of the INAS Glob­al Games- Bris­bane 2019.

Chi­na dom­i­nat­ed the medal haul across all sports at the Rio Par­a­lympics in 2016, but did not have one ath­lete with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment in their team due to lack of acces­si­ble eli­gi­bil­i­ty processes.

In recent years Sport Inclu­sion Aus­tralia, work­ing close­ly with the Aus­tralian Depart­ment of For­eign Affairs and Trade through its Asian Sports Part­ner­ship pro­gram, has been able to cre­ate strong links with key stake­hold­ers in the dis­abil­i­ty area in Chi­na, and has looked at ways of mak­ing that eli­gi­bil­i­ty process acces­si­ble to China.

It is clear that Chi­na is very sup­port­ive of stu­dents with an intel­lec­tu­al dis­abil­i­ty, but their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Par­a­lympics and INAS events has been restrict­ed due to lack of acces­si­ble eli­gi­bil­i­ty processes.”

We have there­fore been work­ing with the INAS Glob­al Games inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tion, local busi­ness­es in Aus­tralia and with the aid of Pro­fes­sor Jan Burns, to have arranged the deliv­ery of an Eli­gi­bil­i­ty Work­shop. This was the first step in open­ing up the inter­na­tion­al path­way for all ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment in Chi­na,” says Smith.

Smith can’t speak high­ly enough of the organ­i­sa­tions in Chi­na who have grasped this oppor­tu­ni­ty, pas­sion­ate­ly say­ing, They have demon­strat­ed a com­mit­ment to inclu­sion and pro­vid­ing more equi­table inter­na­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for Chi­nese ath­letes and we are delight­ed they will make their debut in the Bris­bane Games.”

This is a world class mul­ti sport com­pe­ti­tion for elite ath­letes with an intel­lec­tu­al impair­ment and as an Organ­is­ing Com­mit­tee we have been enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly encour­ag­ing all 80 mem­ber coun­tries around the world to come to Aus­tralia and par­tic­i­pate in the first Glob­al Games in the South­ern Hemi­sphere,” says Smith, adding Israel, New Zealand, Sri Lan­ka and Mau­ri­tius will also be com­pet­ing for the first time.

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