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SAVE THE DATE: Athletes Without Limits US Team Trip to 2021 Virtus Swimming World Championships (Brazil)

November 5 - November 13

May 2021 Update: The 2021 Virtus Swimming World Championships scheduled for Brazil are currently under review by the Virtus Board and the Brazilian event organizers due to ongoing coronavirus challenges there.  Teams have been advised to wait to hear from Virtus before making plans to attend.  If the event is confirmed as moving forward, Athletes Without Limits will post qualification times and additional details specific to US athletes.

“Virtus is pleased to announce that Brazil will host the 2021 Virtus World Swimming Championships. The event will be hosted by Brazilian member organisation CBDI (Confederação Brasileira de Desportos para Deficientes Intelectuais) and will take place from 5th to 13th November 2021 in the Brazilian Paralympic Training Center, Sao Paulo.”

This event is the first aquatic championship to be scheduled by Virtus after sport events have been cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Adilson Pereira Ramos, president CBDI said “We feel proud that CBDI can host the 2021 World Swimming Championships. With the effort of our board and technical team, through a consistent and victorious project, we managed to achieve this merit. We thank Virtus President, Marc Truffaut, for believing in our purposes, and those of our partners, to hold an event of excellent technical and organizational quality. We are honoured to welcome everyone who will be here for the World Swimming Championship 2021. With our arms open, we will give the best of ourselves, so that everyone feels the affection, the warmth, and the joy of Brazilian hospitality.”

Virtus President Marc Truffaut said, “I am very delighted that CBDI won the bid to host 2021 World Swimming Championship and look forward to a highly competitive event across all three Virtus eligibility groups.”

The 2022 Virtus Americas Regional Games will set a competitive schedule that includes competition for athletes in the following:

  • Virtus II1: Athletes with intellectual disability
    Athletes with an IQ of 75 or lower, Significant limitations in Adaptive Behavior and onset prior to age 18. Also called S-14 in Paralympic Swimming.
  • Virtus II2: Athletes with intellectual disability and significant additional impairment
    This group includes most athletes with Down Syndrome and others who meet the II1 criteria and have additional (physical) impairment.
  • Virtus II3: Athletes with autism who are not eligible in II1
    Virtus Trial group for athletes with Autism who do not meet the IQ and/or Adaptive Behavior criteria used for the II1 group.

Qualification Times:
Minimum qualification times have not yet been posted for the 2021 World Championships.
In the mean time athletes and their coaches can review the 2019 Global Games Brisbane Swimming World Championship qualifying times and results below for an idea of the competitive level of Virtus World Championships.

2019 Global Games SWIM Qualifying Times (For reference)
2019 Global Games SWIM Results

Athletes Without Limits will post 2021 qualification times and additional details specific to US athletes as we learn more from the Virtus hosts while monitoring Covid-19 nationally and worldwide closer to the event.

Interested US Swimmers who do not already have International level Virtus eligibility can learn more and apply from the Athletes Without Limits Eligibility page


November 5
November 13
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Brazilian Paralympic Training Center
Sao Paulo, Brazil


Virtus (formerly Inas)