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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IWRF Board Statement on Covid 19 dated June 2, 2020 Fri, 06/05/2020 - 10:00
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ITF and Grand Slams join forces to support Wheelchair Tennis Mon, 06/01/2020 - 12:00
New dates for powerchair hockey Euros Tue, 05/12/2020 - 12:00
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IWRF 2019-2024 Strategic Plan Available Tue, 12/17/2019 - 12:00
Dubai to host 2022 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships Wed, 12/11/2019 - 12:00
Para Taekwondo set to inspire at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games Tue, 10/08/2019 - 11:00
Julio Cesar Avila elected APC President Thu, 08/22/2019 - 20:00
FEI Annual Report 2018 Now Available Online Tue, 08/06/2019 - 17:30
ITF launches global Wheelchair Tennis Development Plan Mon, 07/29/2019 - 12:00
First IBSA Blind Football Women's World Championships to be held Wed, 07/17/2019 - 15:00
2019 APSO General Assembly Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:00
IBSA General Assembly to discuss key topics on future of blind sports Wed, 07/03/2019 - 15:00
Park courts to Slams: the wheelchair tennis revolution Sun, 05/26/2019 - 16:00
Application of science to improve para-cycling performances Tue, 05/21/2019 - 15:00
Dublin meetings strengthen World Rugby and IWRF bond Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:00
New IWAS Guttmann Games announced Wed, 05/15/2019 - 15:00
IPC Athletes’ Council launches its first strategy - "At the heart" Wed, 05/15/2019 - 12:30
Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, to host IWAS World Games 2020 Wed, 05/08/2019 - 15:00
Para Badminton: AGITOS Workshop a hit with participants Wed, 05/01/2019 - 17:00
IWBF publish 2019 Official Handbook Thu, 04/25/2019 - 14:00
Future direction of IBSA to be discussed at 2019 General Assembly Wed, 04/10/2019 - 12:00
FIVB and World ParaVolley join together with a Memorandum of Understanding Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:00
IWAS World Games conclude in Sharjah with records galore Sat, 02/16/2019 - 15:30
BISFed Vice President and Secretary General Martin Lam honoured by the Asian Paralympic Committee Thu, 02/14/2019 - 15:00
2018 APSO General Assembly Thu, 04/12/2018 - 13:28