INAS Global Games

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The INAS Global Games is a quadrennial global, international multi-sport event organised by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (INAS). First organised in 2004,[1] it is intended for elite competition in disability sports for athletes with intellectual disability and, since 2017, autism and down syndrome.[2] It is the largest sporting event of its type. Athletes must have received classification from INAS to compete.[3]

History[edit]

A precursor event was the World Games for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability held in 1989.[4] The competition was discontinued following the integration of athletes with intellectual disabilities into the Paralympics programme in 1996, though renewed exclusion following disability fabrication at the 2000 Summer Paralympics led to the relaunch as the INAS Global Games.[5] The first three INAS Global Games were hosted in Europe. The fourth edition in 2015 expanded to South America,[6] though INAS were forced to take over organisational duties due to the collapse of the local organising committee.[4] Australia won the hosting rights for the 2019 event, having led the medal rankings of the previous three.[7] Initially the competition was seen as a specialist event by other sports governing bodies, but the INAS athletics, swimming and table tennis competitions are now recognised and sanctioned by the main global bodies for those disability sports.[8]

The games is separate from the INAS World Championships, which are a series of sport-specific championships.

Editions[edit]

No. Year Dates City Country Top Nation Sports Events Countries Athletes
1989 Härnösand  Sweden
1[9] 2004 July Bollnäs  Sweden  Poland 6 91 40 1000+
2[10] 2009 7–11 June Liberec  Czech Republic  Australia 9 97 34 800+
3[11] 2011 26 September – 4 October Loano  Italy  Australia 9 30 700+
4[12] 2015 20–27 September Various  Ecuador  Australia 8 35 600+[4]
5[13] 2019 12–19 October Brisbane  Australia  Australia 11 50 814
6 2023 4–10 June Vichy  France 10

Number of athletes at the 2019 Global Games (highest to lowest)[edit]

All-time medal table (2004 to 2019)[edit]

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Australia (AUS)14793100340
2 Poland (POL)625247161
3 Hong Kong (HKG)515345149
4 Portugal (POR)432535103
5 Spain (ESP)36251879
6 Russia (RUS)3413956
7 France (FRA)333338104
8 Japan (JPN)234856127
9 Ukraine (UKR)23241259
10 South Korea (KOR)23132258
11 Great Britain (GBR)22221559
12 Brazil (BRA)16151950
13 Hungary (HUN)15282568
14 South Africa (RSA)14183466
15 Estonia (EST)1310629
16 Ecuador (ECU)1281030
17 Netherlands (NED)10111334
18 Czech Republic (CZE)9131436
19 Italy (ITA)8101432
20 Colombia (COL)7029
21 Sweden (SWE)69520
22 Egypt (EGY)62311
23 Tunisia (TUN)55818
24 Chinese Taipei (TPE)52310
25 United States (USA)4191134
26 Venezuela (VEN)46616
27 Mexico (MEX)45312
28 Iceland (ISL)43411
29 Puerto Rico (PUR)3328
30 Cape Verde (CPV)3025
31 Croatia (CRO)2518
32 Indonesia (INA)2215
33 Thailand (THA)2103
34 Israel (ISR)2002
35 Faroe Islands (FAR)1506
36 Greece (GRE)1214
37 Canada (CAN)1146
38 Iran (IRI)1034
39 Malaysia (MAS)1023
40 Chile (CHI)1001
41 Belgium (BEL)0415
42 Macau (MAC)0314
43 Singapore (SGP)0303
44 Argentina (ARG)0224
 Sri Lanka (SRI)0224
46 Finland (FIN)0112
47 India (IND)0033
48 China (CHN)0011
 Norway (NOR)0011
Totals (49 nations)6595996051863

Sports[edit]

See also[edit]

Other INAS sporting championships[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport: Global Games". inas.org. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. ^ History of INAS. INAS. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  3. ^ Etchells, Daniel (2019-06-25). in athletics, swimming and table tennis confirmed for 2019 INAS Global Games. Inside the Games. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  4. ^ a b c Butler, Nick (2015-09-29). Inas considering legal action after "collapse" of Global Games Organising Committee. Inside the Games. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  5. ^ How the Paralympics checks intellectual disability. BBC (2012-08-30). Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  6. ^ The 4th Inas Global Games 2015. Sport and Dev. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  7. ^ INAS Global Games 2019. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  8. ^ INAS Global Games recognised by ITTF. Paralympic (2019-01-10). Retrieved 2019-09-21.
  9. ^ "2004 INAS Global Games Results Book" (PDF). VIRTUS Sport. 8 March 2020.
  10. ^ "2009 INAS Global Games Results Book" (PDF). VIRTUS Sport. 8 March 2020.
  11. ^ "2011 INAS Global Games Results Book" (PDF). VIRTUS Sport. 8 March 2020.
  12. ^ "2015 INAS Global Games Results Book" (PDF). VIRTUS Sport. 8 March 2020.
  13. ^ "2019 INAS Global Games Results Book" (PDF). VIRTUS Sport. 8 March 2020.