Argentina, India, Japan and Mexico will progress to the final stage of bidding for the 2023 International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) Global Games.
In what was a highly competitive first stage of the bid process, INAS members were asked to submit expressions of interest before being shortlisted by the Global Games Committee.
The four countries will now have until the beginning of 2019 to submit their formal, full bids before the successful host is announced in June 2019.
“We have been hugely encouraged by the response to host the Global Games, showing that more and more countries are keen to stage the world’s largest elite sports event for athletes with intellectual impairments,” Marc Truffaut, INAS President, said.
“Each of the candidates has recognised the unique opportunity to not only host more than 1,000 of the world’s best athletes in a variety of sports, but also to change perceptions in their countries and regions. We are delighted to be taking this number of bids forward to the next stage and I would like to thank each one of them for their efforts so far.”
This edition sees more regions than ever before vying to stage the Games. Europe has hosted four of the five editions and the last event in 2015 was hosted in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Brisbane, Australia, will host in 2019.
Bollnas, Sweden; Liberec, Czech Republic, and Liguria, Italy, staged in 2004, 2009 and 2011, respectively.
Truffaut continued: “The locations of the final four bids shows the growth in profile and prestige of the Global Games around the world, and each country has something very unique to offer.
“The next stage will allow us to see exactly how they plan to build on previous editions. I encourage them to think carefully about how they can do that. We aim for each Global Games to be different and better than the last and we are very excited to be standing on the edge of history once again.”
The official bid countries must now submit their detailed plans in key areas such as facilities and transport; anti-doping; accommodation; media and digital media; marketing and branding; venues; legacy; staffing and budgets by 31 January 2019.
All bids will be reviewed by the Global Games Committee before a successful host is chosen by the Governing Board.
About the INAS Global Games
The INAS Global Games feature athletics, basketball, swimming, table tennis, futsal, indoor and outdoor rowing, road cycling, taekwondo and tennis. Organisers can also submit applications for demonstration sports.
The event always takes place in the year ahead of the Paralympic Games. Many medallists have used the Global Games as a springboard, going onto make the podium at the Paralympics. For those athletes competing in non-Paralympic sports it is the highest level they can reach.
More information is available at the INAS Global Games page of inas.org.