The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) has announced that the IWAS Under-23 World Games 2016 has been awarded to the Emil Foundation of Prague, Czech Republic. Their successful bid follows a site visit from IWAS Games Technical Manager, Jan Bockweg. The Games, to be hosted from 29 June to 3 July 2016, are expected to include athletics, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair fencing and wheelchair tennis. The final sports programme is yet to be finalised.
The Emil Foundation is a non-profit organisation established in 2009 following six successful years in existence as the Emil Project. The Foundation assists physically disabled children and young adults in their sporting involvement primarily through direct financial aid. Over 8,000 athletes and teams have benefited from the work of the Emil Foundation already and with the hosting of the IWAS Under-23 World Games this number is set increase.
Local Organising Committee Vice President, Veronika Kuchtová said: “We are extremely excited to be awarded the IWAS Games bid for 2016. We look forward to working with IWAS in the preparation of the Games and welcoming athletes to a successful and enjoyable competition in the city of Prague.”