This is the second stage of the international (Virtus) classification process and is relevant to Virtus class II1 only. The sports specific classification process is now in place in athletics, swimming and table tennis. This process was part of the work plan agreed by the Joint INAS (now Virtus) and IPC Working Group as part of the agreement for athletes with learning disability to compete in the Paralympic Games.
An athlete can only be considered for the sports specific classification if they have successfully completed stage 1 and the Virtus Primary Eligibility check.
Sports specific classification (stage 2 classification) will require the athlete to undergo onsite testing by an international Classification Panel. This Panel and this part of classification are managed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and/or the International Federation responsible for the athletes’ particular sport.
The on site testing will focus on how the athletes learning disability impacts on their ability to perform in their sport. The tests will gather “sports intelligence” on that athlete in order to assist the classification panel make a decision.
Sports intelligence will include information on reasoning, working memory and learning, visual spatial perception, reaction time and processing speed, attention and concentration and executive function.
The tests will be evaluated against sport specific minimal disability scores. An athlete must meet the minimal disability scores to be eligible to compete.
The International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) implemented their sports specific system in November 2010, with the IPC Swimming system being in place in 2011. IPC Athletics implemented the system in September 2011 at the INAS Global Games.
For more information on the sports specific classification contact IPC, Virtus or your Paralympic NGB.