In November 2009, the IPC General Assembly voted in favour of the reinclusion of Athletes with Intellectual Impairment in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and beyond.
The decision is based upon receipt of the progress report that was submitted by the joint IPC – INAS-FID Working Group
that was established in 2007. This Working Group was mandated by the IPC Governing Board and the INAS-FID Executive Committee to develop an action plan on the basis of:
- a conceptual framework for the development of a sport-specific eligibility criteria system,
- the provisions of the IPC Classification Code to ensure a sport-specific classification system.
The joint IPC – INAS-FID Working Group met on several occasions and provided updates of their work to both the IPC Governing Board and the INAS-FID Executive Committee. The action plan was approved by the IPC Governing Board in March 2009 and the INAS-FID General Assembly in April 2009.
The action plan also formed the basis of the meetings with researchers that have been attracted to support the development of the sport-specific testing. Throughout the process, the model and approach also has been presented to representatives of the different sports targeted for immediate inclusion.
More information on this topic, especially details to the process of classification, can be found in a memo in the Classification Section of the IPC website.