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One of the fundamental principles of the Olympic Movement is that sport should be open to all and encourage the harmonious development of all individuals through its practice. It is in this spirit that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is supporting the development of sport for the blind and visually impaired, by giving recognition to the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA).
Since its creation in 1981, the IBSA has continued its efforts for the growth of disabled sport, thus contributing to the universality of sport. Through various events worldwide, the IBSA has helped to underline the important place which sport for those with a disability occupies within the sports community and its progressive integration.
I wish IBSA and its members every success in its future endeavours for the true meaning of Sport for All.
International Olympic Committee.
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has been a member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since its foundation in 1989. From the very first day, co-operation between IPC and IBSA has been extremely fruitful and successful. This is reflected in the high and still growing number of participating elite athletes with a visual impairment in ten sports on the Paralympic programme.
It also shows in other areas, such as in the common efforts in sport development, promotion of sport for athletes with a disability, classification, joint congresses and conferences, to mention just a few. Through IBSA’s national member organizations, it is able to reach out
to all five continents and inform about and develop sport for persons with a visual impairment.
The IPC’s vision is to enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world. This has also long become a maxim for IBSA and athletes with a visual impairment. The IPC is very grateful to IBSA for its immense support and contribution towards realizing this vision and achieving this common goal. On behalf of the International Paralympic Committee, I would like to emphasize that we value IBSA as more than just a member of the IPC family. For the IPC, IBSA is a partner and friend. I extend my best wishes to IBSA for continued excellence and growth. Phil Craven MBE,
International Paralympic Committee.
Since IBSA was founded in Paris in 1981 we have been in a constant process of evolution to adapt to the ever-changing world of sports for the blind.
IBSA is registered as a non-profit making, public interest body in Spain, and we are full members of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), where we are the legitimate representatives of sport for the blind.
Our status allows us to provide our movement with a unique identity in order to further develop and promote sports for the blind and visually impaired. We are also committed to providing assistance to our national member organisations in all five continents, especially those organisations in developing countries which have to date been unable to spread the word about blind sports sufficiently within their countries and do not have an established school sports programme for the blind or local and national competition programmes. We in IBSA believe sport is the ideal means to promote the integration of disabled people in general and the blind in particular. Sport can help them overcome their disability by raising their self-esteem and their ability to overcome difficulties, and as an aid to normalisation in their living environment. In short, sport helps to bring about the complete fulfilment of blind and visually impaired athletes.
To achieve our goals, we encourage all blind and visually impaired people to get involved in different sports and physical activities. You too can become a blind athlete and take part in competitions ranging from school sports to elite level championships for the blind and the Paralympic Games.
International Blind Sports Federation.
Three times World Champion with the Brazilian football team – Sweden ’58, Chile ’62 and
Mexico ’70 – FIFA Player of the Century and IOC Athlete of the Century.
“Football’s current position in the civilised world shows that the work carried out over the last hundred years to make the sport more popular and democratic has not been in vain. To a certain extent I feel partly responsible for this. Football has developed to such an extent that it will be difficult for any other sport to equal it, and on several occasions I have witnessed how it can bring together people of different races and unite people of different nationalities in peace.
One of the most emotional moments of my life was when I took part in the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. The message we took away from this marvellous festive occasion is that sport is, above all, a force for democracy. I am amazed by the blind football matches I have seen. Watching the players represent their countries with the same patriotism as I always did, I realised that blind football is even more exciting and is a tremendous challenge. The players are a perfect example of how to overcome adversity, turning their difficulties into the incentive they need to win. Sport has played a vital role in the history of nations, and I am convinced the role of Paralympic sport is even more important; besides bringing together visually impaired athletes from all over the world, sport helps people with a visual impairment in their rehabilitation and integration in society and everyday life.
Countries that realise this and make a commitment to develop the potential of people with a disability in all fields, and especially in the field of sport, have much to gain.”
Edson Arantes do Nascimento – Pele
Five times winner, Tour de France.
“I think it is marvellous that blind sportsmen can do sport. The most positive aspect is that
nowadays there are ways to ensure that a disability is no barrier to practising whatever sport you prefer. In tandem cycling the riders enjoy the feeling of speed, balance and being in touch with the mountains.
I will always give my support to people who make the effort to do tandem cycling. Improving on a daily basis is difficult and involves a great sacrifice for any athlete, but for people with a disability it requires a greater effort to better oneself, and this makes them mature more quickly.”
Four times World Champion - Gothenburg ’95, Athens ’97, Seville ’99 and Edmonton ’01
– Olympic Gold Medallist Sydney ’2000.
“IBSA’s endeavours to ensure athletes with a visual disability are able to compete at such
a high level and integrate in the world of elite sport are admirable. A blind long jumper who can jump almost seven metres is the equivalent of a sighted athlete jumping around nine metres.”
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) is the world-wide governing body for blind sports. Founded in 1981 in Paris, the current President is Mr. Enrique Pérez from Spain.
IBSA is registered in Spain as a non-profit public interest organisation and represents blind sports within the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
IBSA believes sport is the ideal tool for the integration of people with a disability in society and is committed to supporting developing regions that do not have school sports and elite level programmes in place.
Our mission is to plan, co-ordinate and organise championships and sports events for blind and partially sighted sportsmen and sportswomen on a continental and world level. The biggest sports event for the blind is the multi-sport IBSA World Championships, held every four years. As a result of the success of the two championships to date – Madrid ’98 and
Quebec ’03 – this event, held in the year prior to the Paralympic Games, is now IBSA’s showcase event.
Blind athletes also play an integral part in the Paralympic Games. The Paralympics, held immediately after the Olympic Games in the same city, have the full support of the International Olympic Committee. This is significant considering the global impact of the Olympics, the biggest sports event in the world.
“Empowering blind and partially sighted athletes to allow them to achieve optimum sporting performance while raising public awareness.”
Each of the key words in this vision is significant in terms of IBSA’s ultimate aim:
• Empowering: IBSA’s main task an an organisation. We must provide the conditions necessary for the athletes to do what they do best.
• Blind and partially sighted athletes: the reason IBSA exists and organises activities. We assist athletes of all levels in their development from grassroots to elite performance. • To achieve optimum sporting performance: the aim of all sports-centred organisations.
• Raising public awareness: the external result must demonstrate our contribution to making the world a better place for people with a visual disability. To achieve this, our relations with external organisations and the promotion of sport for the blind and partially sighted as an integral part of the Paralympic movement are vitally important.
The IBSA slogan, “Capable of everything”, captures the essence of this vision clearly and concisely.
The long-term strategy for IBSA to reach its objectives can be summed up in the following ten points:
To oversee the successful delivery of all championships organised or sanctioned by IBSA. To guarantee the continued growth and strength of sports for the blind and partially sighted through the development of our Continental Delegations and national member organisations and in close co-operation with the International Paralympic Committee. To promote blind and partially sighted athletes and contribute to their development to elite level.
To assist and facilitate educational, cultural, scientific and research activities conducive to the development and promotion of blind sports.
To seek the continuous promotion and worldwide media coverage of our competitions and events and their ideals and activities.
To develop each of IBSA’s sports while guaranteeing and maintaining the identity of each of them, and to identify new sports for the blind in order to enhance the sporting opportunities we offer to people with a visual disability.
To guarantee the spirit of fair play prevails in sport for the blind and partially sighted, eradicating violence and reducing risks to the health of our athletes, where possible, through the application of fundamental sporting principles and ethics.
To fight against doping in sport in co-operation with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Paralympic Committee.
To eliminate all forms of discrimination based on political, religious, economic, gender, race or disability grounds.
To secure the means necessary to continue the development and growth of sports for the blind and partially sighted.
In short, IBSA’s mission is to continue to be the principal driving force behind the global
blind sports movement, while at the same time striving to achieve the aims outlined above in order to:
• Guarantee a broader athlete base and better athletes;
• Ensure the high level of international recognition our athletes deserve;
• Secure the financial means necessary to guarantee the development and growth
of the federation, and;
• Ensure the federation is run responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
The supreme governing body of IBSA is the General Assembly, held every four years. Six assemblies have been held to date:
Paris (France) – April 1981
Hurdal (Norway) – 27th-29th May 1985
Formia (Italy) – 2nd-4th June 1989
San José de Costa Rica (Costa Rica) – 24th-26th June 1993
Casablanca (Morocco) – 14th-16th June 1997
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) – 13th-15th September 2001
Between assemblies the federation is governed by the bodies described in the IBSA Constitution and Internal Regulations (by-laws):
• Executive Committee:
composed of the President, Vice-president, Secretary General, Treasurer, Technical Director, Medical Director, one representative of each Continental Delegation and four Members-at-large.
• Management Committee:
composed of the President, Vice-president, Secretary General, Treasurer and Technical Director.
• Continental Delegations:
responsible for organising regional blind sports championships and implementing the policies of the federation as laid down by the governing bodies:
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