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Researching being conducted about ID Nordic skiing for potential Paralympic Games inclusion

Alpine skiing pictogram. Alpine skiing pictogram. Image credit: Parutakupiu

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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