International Federations play a major part in the Paralympic Movement, helping develop Para sport around the world. These federations work with the International Paralympic Committee in different ways, depending on the sport they represent.
International Federations are independent sport federations recognised by the IPC as the sole representative of a Paralympic Sport.
International Federations' responsibilities include technical jurisdiction and guidance over the competition and training venues of their respective sports during the Paralympic Games.
The IPC currently recognises 17 International Federations:
|Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowboard||International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS)|
|Archery||World Archery (WA)|
|Badminton||Badminton World Federation (BWF)|
|Biathlon||International Biathlon Union (IBU)|
|Equestrian||Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)|
|Canoe||International Canoe Federation (ICF)|
|Cycling||Union Cycliste International (UCI)|
|Rowing||World Rowing Federation (FISA)|
|Sitting volleyball||World ParaVolley (WPV)|
|Table Tennis||International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)|
|Taekwondo||World Taekwondo (WT)|
|Wheelchair basketball||International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)|
|Wheelchair curling||World Curling Federation (WCF)|
|Wheelchair rugby||World Wheelchair Rugby|
|Wheelchair tennis||International Tennis Federation (ITF)|
INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS OF SPORTS FOR THE DISABLED
International Organisations of Sports for the Disabled (IOSDs) are independent organisations recognised by the IPC as the sole representatives of a specific impairment group.
IOSDs work in conjunction with the IPC to provide specific expertise to develop sport for athletes with an impairment from the grassroots level to the elite level. They act as the governing body for some of the impairment specific sports that are a part of the Paralympic Games programme.
The IPC currently recognises four IOSDs:
|ORGANISATION||ABBREVIATION||MAIN CONTACT||E MAIL|
|Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association||CPISRA||Craig Carscaddenfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International Blind Sports Federation||IBSA||Sally Wood-Lamontemail@example.com|
|Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport||VIRTUS||Nick Parrfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation||IWAS||Charmaine Hooperemail@example.com|
RECOGNISED INTERNATIONAL SPORTS FEDERATIONS
In its Mission Statement, the IPC commits to ‘promote and contribute to the development of sport opportunities and competitions, from initiation level to elite level, for Paralympic athletes as the foundation of elite Paralympic sport’.
To achieve this, the IPC recognises the importance of creating a Paralympic Family network of recognised international sport federations that are not eligible to be IPC members, but contribute to the development of sport opportunities for athletes associated with the Paralympic Movement and have organisational goals that are compatible with the Vision and Mission of the IPC.
The following are IPC-recognised international sport federations:
|Armwrestling||World Armwrestling Federation (WAF)|
|Bobsleigh||International Bobsleigh & Skeleton Federation (IBSF)|
|Bowling||International Bowling Federation (IBF)|
|Climbing||International Federation of Sport Climbing|
|CP Football||International Federation of CP Football|
|Flying Disc||World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF)|
|Golf||International Golf Federation (IGF)|
|Handball||International Handball Federation (IHF)|
|Hockey||International Hockey Federation (FIH)|
|Karate||World Karate Federation|
|Modern Pentathlon||Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM)|
|Powerchair Football||International Federation of Powerchair Football (FIPFA)|
|Surfing||International Surfing Association (ISA)|