IWAS is delighted to announce the 7th IWAS World Games 2017 will be hosted in the sports facilities of Vila Real de Santo António in Portugal from 30 November – 6 December 2017.
The preliminary sports programme includes Archery, Athletics, Beach ParaVolley, Para Taekwondo, Swimming and Table Tennis. Final confirmation of the sports will be determined by the responses received in the ‘intention to compete’ phase of entry.
The age categories hosted at the Games will be Under 20's, Open class and Master class for athletes of 40 years and above.
The Vila Real de Santo António Complexo Desportivo, located in Eastern Algarve of Southern Portugal, will play host to all sports on the programme offering a wide variety of sporting facilities at the acclaimed High Performance Training Centre. Located just 50km from the nearest international airport and 3km from the hotel facilities, the sport centre provides an ideal location with a great deal of experience in managing international events.
IWAS President, Paul DePace said, ‘We are excited to bring the IWAS World Games to Vila Real de Santo Antonio Complexo Desportivo in Portugal for the first time. The event, which has the full support of the nation’s IWAS Member, Federação Portuguesa de Desporto para Pessoas com Deficiência (FPDD), will bring a wider variety of sports than previous Games including Para Taekwondo and Beach ParaVolley giving an opportunity to new athletes to experience the value of the IWAS World Games. We greatly look forward to welcoming the athletes and staff of the IWAS Membership to Portugal later in the year.’
The IWAS General Assembly of Nations, which will include Board elections, will also be held in conjunction with the IWAS World Games on Saturday 2nd December 2017. Further information on the Assembly will be distributed to IWAS Member Nations in due course.