International Sports Organization for the Disabled (ISOD)

Fédération internationale de sports pour handicapés
Federación Internacional de Deportes para Minusvalidos
Internationaler Versehrtensportverband

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26 Mar 1961, Paris (France), under the auspices of the World Veterans Federation (WVF), as International Working Group on Sports for the Disabled -- Conseil international des sports pour handicapés (CISH). Statutes and present title adopted 18 June 1964, Paris. Merged with International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation (ISMWSF) to form International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS), Oct 2003.


Provide an international forum for exchange of opinion, experience and resources related to sports for the disabled; prepare and disseminate international principles and standards recommended for application in all sports programmes for the disabled; plan, promote and coordinate events and activities designed to stimulate and assist further sports programmes for the disabled in all countries; provide appropriate assistance to individuals and organizations working for development in the field.

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Organizes: international sports meetings; technical and educational seminars and conferences; dissemination of relevant information; international exchange of technicians and disabled sportsmen. 'Competition Sports Programmes': major events - Quadrennial Summer games, World Championships, Continental Championships, Invitational Tournaments; other events - World Multi-Disabled Games, World Championships and Paralympic Games for amputees and other locomotor disabilities. Competitions in the following sports: archery; athletics; cycling; lawn bowling; shooting; swimming; table tennis; volley ball; weightlifting. Sports promoted but without official competition programme: badminton; basketball; boccia; fencing; kayak; orienteering; riding; sailing; tennis; waterpolo; wheelchair dancing.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Special).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 57 countries
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Subjects *

  • Health Care
    • Handicapped
  • Recreation
    • Sport

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



Last News Received

21. Nov 2003
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