The International Federation for Athletes with Intellectual Impairments (INAS) has welcomed the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) endorsement of tennis competitions at the INAS Global Games in Brisbane.
The Games are scheduled to take place from October 12 to 19 in the Australian city.
It will be the first time the ITF has backed the tennis competitions at the Games.
“The INAS Global Games are a fantastic event which the ITF is delighted to endorse,” said David Haggerty, ITF President.
“The ITF is committed to ensuring the long-term growth and sustainability of tennis as a sport to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.
“Good luck to all the athletes competing in the 2019 Games.”
The ITF is the fifth International Federation to endorse competitions at the Games.
It follows backing from the International Table Tennis Federation, World Taekwondo, World Para Athletics and World Para Swimming.
INAS President Marc Truffaut thanked the ITF for its support and claimed the Games in Brisbane would be held at the highest standard yet.
“We are absolutely delighted to receive the backing of the International Tennis Federation for Brisbane 2019 in another historic first for a Global Games,” Truffaut said.
“It shows that a growing number of sports governing bodies are seeing the value in the supporting the world’s biggest high-performance sports event for athletes with an intellectual impairment.
“The calibre of the event this October – from both and competition and organisational perspective – is expected to be the best yet.
“This news adds to that feeling as the countdown continues.”
The Global Games is expected to feature 1,000 athletes from around the world.
Table tennis will offer athletes the chance to achieve ranking points for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics for the first time.
The other Paralympic sports on the Global Games programme – swimming and athletics – will be recognised by World Para Swimming and World Para Athletics, respectively.
Para taekwondo competition has been sanctioned by World Taekwondo.
Basketball, cycling, futsal, rowing, cricket and hockey competitions will act as the World Championships for each sport.
These events will see INAS act as the International Federation.