Last Friday, Svenska Handikappidrottsförbundet announced that work will be done on investigating potential classification for Nordic skiers with intellectual disabilities, with this research being done with an eye towards potentially including ID para-Nordic skiing on the Winter Paralympic program.
The research will be conducted at the 2015 INAS World Championships for Nordic and alpine skiing for athletes with intellectual disabilities taking place in Klovsjo, Sweden starting tomorrow. It is being conducted by a team of six researchers, and led by Belgium’s Debbie Van Biesen.
Currently, there are no ID sports on the Winter Paralympics program. Nordic skiing is open only to athletes with physical and vision impairments, who are grouped into three categories for competition: Vision Impaired, Sitting and Standing.