After some scattered reports in the Indian media that the country may not be allowed to send a national delegation to the upcoming IBSA World Games in Seoul, the organizers have confirmed that India is eligible to compete as the event is being run by the IBSA, not the International Paralympic Committee.
The Indian Blind Sport Association (InBSA) is in charge of naming and sending the country’s delegation for the event that officially kicks off May 10. In a phone call with morning with them, InBSA said in response to a question about how the IPC suspension of the PCI impacted their participation, “We are participating, because this game is organised by the IBSA. So it is not really a problem.”
India is expected to be fielding a 17 member strong team that will be competing in four sports: swimming, athletics, powerlifting and judo. In addition, India is sending 9 officials, and their official delegation total is supposed to be 26.
When asked about the situation with Kenya and Costa Rica, both also recently suspended by the IPC, organizers said they were still awaiting confirmation from Kenya to find out of if they will be sending a team. Like the Indians, they are not prohibited from sending one. ParaSport News is awaiting future confirmation about this. While Costa Rica is a member of the IBSA, they were never among the nations expected to participate in the IBSA World Games, regardless of their status with the IPC.
EJ Monica Kim contributed substantially to this article.