Eligibility Application for Athletes with Intellectual Impairment

Visit our US Athlete Master List for a list of Eligible Athletes.

Virtus: World Intellectual Impairment Sport (formerly called Inas) is the governing body for para-athletes with an intellectual impairment and a member of the International Paralympic Committee. Virtus Eligibility is for athletes interested in competing with AWL US Teams at Virtus Competition. Virtus Eligibility is also the first step for athletes looking to pursue Paralympic opportunities for athletes with an intellectual impairment. As the US Member of Virtus, Athletes Without Limits manages this process for US athletes.

SPORTS
Virtus Sports & Competition: Virtus International competitions offer programming in 16 sports across three eligibility groups: Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cycling, Equestrian, Futsal, Handball, Rowing, Skiing (Nordic/Alpine), Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Golf, Para-Hockey, Sailing, Taekwondo. Athletes Without Limits promotes US involvement in Virtus sports and organizes US Teams and travel to Virtus World Championships and Global Games based on athlete interest and ability.

Paralympic Sports & Competition: Virtus (II1) eligibility is also the first step for US athletes with an intellectual impairment to determine eligibility for select Paralympic opportunities in three sports:
• Swimming (Paralympic S14 Class)
• Table Tennis (Paralympic Class 11)
• Track & Field (Paralympic T20/F20 Class)
Athletes must meet the Virtus II1 Criteria (IQ 75 or lower, Significant Adaptive Behavior Limitations and onset before age 18) to be eligible for Paralympics. For more detailed information visit our Paralympic Eligibility information page.

Virtus and Athletes Without Limits offer competition for athletes in three eligibility groups II1, II2 and II3 below. To be eligible for select Paralympic opportunities, athletes must meet the II1 Criteria for Intellectual Disability and have an IQ of 75 or lower.

Virtus Eligibility Groups & Paralympic Classification
Virtus has expanded our competition to include athletes with intellectual impairment in the three eligibility groups below (II1, II2 & II3). While Paralympics has one class for athletes with intellectual impairment (which is called Class S14/SB14 in Swimming, Class 11 in Table Tennis and Class T20/F20 in Track & Field). Only athletes who meet the Virtus II1 criteria are eligible for Paralympic competition for intellectual impairment.

ELIGIBILITY GROUPS

ELIGIBILITY LEVELS
National Level ($50 Application Fee): Required for most US events including developmental Paralympic events. Eligible athletes will be added to Athlete Without Limits US Master List. Eligibility does not expire; the time it takes depends on the information provided as evidence.

International Level ($150 Application Fee): Only required for athlete’s who qualify for Virtus World Championships, Virtus Global Games or higher-level Paralympic events that require International-level licensing and classification. Eligible athletes are added to both Athletes Without Limits US Master List and the Virtus International Master List. Eligibility does not expire but can take 1-3 months or longer depending on the information provided as evidence and whether or not any additional diagnostic testing needs to be scheduled with the athlete’s psychologist to meet the specific testing requirements.

STEPS TO APPLY FOR NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY

1. Download Athlete Eligibility Application and complete National Level checklist.
2. Once we receive your application, headshot and evidence of disability we will email you an invoice for the $50 Application Fee.
3. We’ll email an eligibility determination or request further information.

Eligible athletes will be added to Athlete Without Limits US Master List. The time it takes depends on the information provided as evidence.

STEPS TO APPLY FOR INTERNATIONAL ELIGIBILITY

1. Download the Athlete Eligibility Application
and complete the International Level checklist.
2. Download the Coaches Survey by sport below:
Swimming Coach’s Survey
Track & Field Coach’s Survey
Coach’s Survey for All Other Sports
3. Once we receive your Application, Headshot, Proof of Identity (Passport or State ID), Evidence of Disability, and Coach’s Survey we will email you an invoice for the $150 Application Fee.
4. The application will be reviewed and endorsed by Athletes Without Limits and our U.S. National Eligibility Psychologist, then we’ll send it on to the Virtus International Eligibility Committee for International confirmation. The time it takes depends on the information provided as evidence.

Once confirmed athletes are assigned a Virtus Athlete Eligibility Number. Eligible athletes are added to both Athletes Without Limits US Master List and the Virtus International Master List. Eligibility does not expire but can take 1-3 months or longer depending on the information provided as evidence and whether or not any additional diagnostic testing needs to be scheduled with the athlete’s psychologist.

Note: Some athletes may not already have the exact testing needed for International-level eligibility. If the athlete requires new testing we’ve created this Guide for Psychologists you can provide the athlete’s psychologist to ensure the appropriate assessments are given.

MEDICATION NOTE: Occasionally athletes entering events that enforce anti-doping may require a medication found on the WADA Prohibited Drug List. If that is the case you may need to apply for permission to taking the medication while competing — this is called a Therapeutic Drug Use Exemption or (TUE). Learn more about the Virtus anti-doping policy on our Drug Testing & Medication page.