Athletics Other Than Mainstream



This section of the site is intended to cover all aspects of athletics away from the "mainstream", whether included in the Paralympics or not.


World Para LogoParalympic and similar athletes will be given a certain IPC classification: for an explanation visit The IPC Athletics Website.



Mr. Kang Chen The Deaflympics. Deaf athletes will not be eligible for the 2020 Paralympics (unless, of course, they have another disability which qualified them). However they have their own event, the Deaflympics (its official name), which will next be held in Brazil (put back to 2022). There is also a Winter Deaflympics, last held in Italy in 2019. The events use only hearing-impaired officials and administrators.


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Cerebral Palsy Sport
. The Big Event, the CPIRSA World Games, was held in Nottingham in August 2015, and in Spain in 2018. The CP Sport website shows the wide range of sporting options for those with Cerebral Palsy.




Special Olympics logoSpecial Olympics. Athletes with intellectual disabilities have the Special Olympics World Games: the next Winter Games will be in 2022 (Venue to be announced); the 2023 Games will be the Summer version, to be held in Berlin. There is also a wide range of events within Great Britain and other countries.


Runner + Escort

Guiding Visually Handicapped Runners
. A visually handicapped runner may need someone, of pretty good athletic ability, to guide them. How should the guide go about it? See This Document.






For more information about disability sport, visit the website of the English Federation of Disability Sport.