Brisbane is staging the biennial International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport (Inas) General Assembly where a number of governance changes will be considered by members.
Delegates begun proceedings today in the Australian city, which is due to host the 2019 Inas Global Games.
As part of the assembly, which will run until Monday (April 24), changes to the Governing Board structure will be looked at.
This includes considering proposals to enhance the role and accountability of Inas’ five continental regional bodies and the organisation’s committees.
Plans to change the membership structure will also be put forward.
“Inas governance has changed little since the organization was founded in 1986 yet both in terms of what we do, and the world around us, there have been substantial progress,” said Inas President Amaury Russo.
“The proposals being considered will ensure Inas is best placed to meet the demands of the future and achieve our strategic objectives.
“As a largely voluntary organization, it is essential that all parts of the organization function effectively and there is clear accountability.
“We also need to ensure we have the appropriate mix of skills and experience at Board level to ensure effective leadership, and that our membership structure is reflective of the many different types of organization involved in delivering competitive sport for athletes with an intellectual disability.”
Elections will also be held during the Assembly, including for the Presidency with Brazilian incumbent Russo up against France’s Marc Truffaut.
The last event of the meeting will see the 2017 Inas Awards handed out, recognising the athletes and volunteers who have excelled in the last two years.