“Your leadership has contributed so much, in particular our work on the inclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment in the Games where your vision was key to the success."
Inas announced on Friday (26 April) that Dr. Bob Price will step down as President of the International Federation for Sport for Athletes with an Intellectual Disability (Inas) this weekend after two terms of office in which he has overseen the successful re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment into the Paralympic Games.
Price, who has previously held roles including Chairman of the Great Britain National Paralympic Committee, President of the European Paralympic Committee, Chef De Mission of the British team to five Paralympic Games, and is a member of the Paralympic Order, was elected President of Inas in 2007.
“Your leadership has contributed so much, in particular our work on the inclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment in the Games where your vision was key to the success,” said Xavier Gonzalez, Chief Executive Officer of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
Price's appointment followed seven years of exclusion of athletes with an intellectual impairment from Paralympic sport and he immediately set about the task of building a collaboration between Inas and the IPC.
A joint IPC-Inas working group was soon established which, supported by a team of researchers from universities in Europe and North America, developed a system of classification which brought about a decision in 2009 to reinstate competition for athletes with an intellectual impairment in time for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. There were 120 athletes with an intellectual impairment who went on to compete in athletics, swimming and table tennis in London.
Inas rules allow individuals to hold office for no more than two terms and an election will be held on Sunday (29 April) at the Inas General Assembly in Rio De Janeiro to identify Price’s successor.