In 2008 the International Athletics Association for Persons with Down Syndrome (IAADS) was founded. IAADS aims to give athletes with Down syndrome the prospect of competitive sport whilst competing against other athletes with the same abilities. The 1st World Championships for Athletics was held in Mexico in 2010. We currently have 20 member countries globally who compete in various track and field items.
Contact: Mary Russiello
4x4 basketball has been played in streets and gyms for many years. According to an IOC-commissioned study, it is considered to be the number one urban team sport in the world. IBA21 is 3x3 basketball for players with Down syndrome. 2017 saw the first Basketball Challenge at the SUDS International Championships in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.
Contact: Fausto Pereira
Futsal is a version of five-a-side football. It is played indoors, making it popular all year round as weather has no impact. The Football International Federation for players with Down Syndrome hosted its 1st World Championships in Portugal in April 2017. This event saw numerous countries showing their skills to compete for the title of first world champion.
Contact: Alberto Costa