Welcome message by Sabrina Ibáñez

Sabrina Ibáñez

Welcome to APSO, the Association of Paralympic Sports Organisations created in 2017. We are a collective association made up of 17 International Federations and sports organisations and our mission is to protect and promote the interests of our sports and our athletes within the Paralympic movement. 

The need for an umbrella association comes from the rapid development of Paralympic sport where in some cases it has been integrated within the relevant International Federation and/or sports organisation whilst in others, the sports remain governed entirely by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

As sporting bodies that do govern our Paralympic sports, having a collective voice is a powerful tool to ensure we can be heard within the Paralympic movement and ensure that our sports and our athletes are given the opportunity, visibility and awareness they deserve. And it is also provides us with perspective and a valuable sounding board when it comes to governance and integrity.

Sport has the ability to inspire because it shows a side of the human spirit which we all aspire to – to better oneself, to push the limits, to be the best you can be- and this is why International Federations – and this association – have such an important role to play. We are the guardians of our sports and we need to ensure we have a voice for all our athletes so that we can continue to represent our sports at the very highest level.


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2018 APSO General Assembly Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:28
2019 APSO General Assembly Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:00
Application of science to improve para-cycling performances Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:00
BISFed Vice President and Secretary General Martin Lam honoured by the Asian Paralympic Committee Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:00
Building an inclusive society: Santen and International Blind Sports Federation forge partnership Tue, 08/11/2020 - 13:00
Dubai to host 2022 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:00
Dublin meetings strengthen World Rugby and IWRF bond Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:00
FEI Annual Report 2018 Now Available Online Tue, 08/06/2019 - 17:30
FIBA and IWBF strengthen cooperation Tue, 09/08/2020 - 12:00
First IBSA Blind Football Women's World Championships to be held Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:00
FIVB and World ParaVolley join together with a Memorandum of Understanding Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:00
Fort Wayne 2019 wins award Fri, 12/20/2019 - 12:00
Future direction of IBSA to be discussed at 2019 General Assembly Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:00
IBSA General Assembly to discuss key topics on future of blind sports Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:00
IBSA Goalball World Championships and other major events confirmed Fri, 06/05/2020 - 12:00
IPC appoints new panel members to independent Board of Appeal of Classification Wed, 07/08/2020 - 13:00
IPC Athletes’ Council launches its first strategy - "At the heart" Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:30
ITF and Grand Slams join forces to support Wheelchair Tennis Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:00
ITF launches global Wheelchair Tennis Development Plan Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:00
IWAS World Games conclude in Sharjah with records galore Sat, 02/16/2019 - 15:30
IWBF publish 2019 Official Handbook Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:00
IWBF welcome new members Namibia and Venezuela Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:00
IWRF 2019-2024 Strategic Plan Available Tue, 12/17/2019 - 12:00
IWRF Board Statement on Covid 19 dated June 2, 2020 Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:00
Julio Cesar Avila elected APC President Thu, 08/22/2019 - 20:00
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, to host IWAS World Games 2020 Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:00
New dates for powerchair hockey Euros Tue, 05/12/2020 - 12:00
New IWAS Guttmann Games announced Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:00
Para athletes invited to register for global consultation regarding athlete protests Wed, 08/12/2020 - 12:00
Para Badminton: AGITOS Workshop a hit with participants Wed, 05/01/2019 - 17:00
Para Taekwondo set to inspire at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:00
Park courts to Slams: the wheelchair tennis revolution Sun, 05/26/2019 - 16:00
Seven sports to feature at IWAS World Games 2020 Wed, 09/02/2020 - 13:00
Trio of football World Championships heading to Birmingham 2023 IBSA World Games Tue, 08/18/2020 - 13:00
Wheelchair fencing Paralympic qualifiers re-scheduled Wed, 06/17/2020 - 16:00