Nine highlights as the IBSA World Games 2023 in Birmingham draw to a close

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has been holding its World Games in Birmingham - here are nine highlights

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has been representing and developing athletes and sports for people with visual impairments for 40 years.

As a founding member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), IBSA plays a crucial role in growing both Paralympic sports and Para sport more widely. It has become the world’s leading organisation for the development of sport for people with visual impairments.

Powerlifting, judo, goalball, football, chess, tenpin bowling, shooting and showdown, as well as cricket, archery and tennis, formed the programme which began on August 18 and closed yesterday (Sunday, August 27).

The men’s and women’s IBSA Blind Football World Championships and the partially sighted World Championships also took place as part of the event at the University of Birmingham campus in Edgbaston, Coventry Arena and other locations around the city.

The championship is held every four years and is the pinnacle of IBSA’s international calendar outside the Paralympic Games.  With three Paralympic and eight non-Paralympic sports, for some athletes it is the highest level they can compete at. The last IBSA World Games were held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015. A smaller version was held for judo and goalball – acting as qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 – in Fort Wayne, USA, in 2019.

Closing the the Games IBSA’s president’s, Ilgar Rahimov, said: “A week ago I challenged our IBSA athletes to excite and inspire the world. And they most certainly did that. I saw excellence every day and on every field of play in all our sports.

“To the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands thank you for your enthusiasm and support these past days and in particular the volunteers, the wonderful volunteers without whom no event is possible!

“I want to extend special thanks to the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council and the lead sponsor the Royal National Institute for Blind together with the International Blind Football Federation and Sky Consulting. A very big thank you!” Here are nine highlights from the IBSA World Games 2023 in Birmingham: