2020 IWAS World Games

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand – February 20-28, 2020

The IWAS Games will host the following sports: Archery, Athletics (track and field), Badminton, Cycling, Powerlifting,Shooting, Sitting volleyball, Swimming, Table tennis, Wheelchair basketball, Wheelchair fencing, and Wheelchair tennis. This is a preliminary sport program and the local organizing committee or IWAS reserves the right to remove any sports that are not viable due to a low number of entries and where combined events are not possible. For athletes hoping to compete in archery, badminton, cycling, powerlifting, shooting, sitting volleyball, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, or wheelchair tennis please contact your sport’s National Governing Body to inquire about participating, applications, etc. for these teams.

Adaptive Sports USA will accept applications for swimming and track and field. Deadline for application is October 18, 2019.

Cost: Athletes will be required to submit a non-refundable down payment of $500 due November 8, 2019. Athletes selected to the team that are not able to pay this down payment on or before the deadline will be removed from the team. Estimated total cost per athlete is $4000.

If you are interested in applying for this team in the sports of swimming or track and field going to the IWAS World Games 2020 in February 2020, click on the appropriate application(s) below.

Sport Standards

Athlete Team Selection Procedures


The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) is an international sports organization that governs sports for athletes with a physical disability and the founder of the Paralympic Games. The Federation manages the IWAS World Games taking place on odd numbered years (2017, 2019…) and IWAS World Junior Games occurring on even years (2016, 2018…).


As the United States’ sole member of IWAS, Adaptive Sports USA fields a team of exemplary junior athletes (between 14 and 22 years of age). Sports that have been included on the IWAS World Junior Games program: archery, swimming, powerlifting, and track and field. The intent of forming a team is to identify, recruit, and select development level athletes who satisfy selection criteria including performance standards and to provide them with a competitive experience at the international level. For the purposes of this competition, “development level athlete” is interpreted to mean those athletes who demonstrate a genuine interest in, and commitment to, making the transition from national level competition to international level competition. These athletes also should demonstrate potential to one day be selected to an adult National Team and should meet performance standards set by Adaptive Sports USA.

Individual entries to the IWAS World Games and IWAS World Junior Games are not permitted. Athletes attending the Games must travel as a member of the USA team that is managed by Adaptive Sports USA.


The U.S. delegation has attended the following IWAS Junior World Games:

  • 2018 Athlone, Ireland
  • 2016 Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2015 Stadskanaal, Netherlands
  • 2014 Stoke Mandeville, UK
  • 2013 Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • 2012 Diomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2010 Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2009 Nottwil, Switzerland
  • 2008 New Jersey, USA
  • 2007 Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2006 Dublin, Ireland

If interested in learning about the eligibility requirements or applying as an athlete or as staff, please read the information below and check back here for updates. For additional information about IWAS, visit www.iwasf.com.



  • Adaptive Sports USA will inform membership and the general public if a team is being fielded by December the year prior to competition
  • Staff Application to IWAS U23 World Games – Typically January of the competition year
  • Athlete Application to IWAS U23 World Games – Typically January of the competition year

Athlete and staff eligibility guidelines:

To be eligible for team selection consideration, please note annual application guidelines listed below for athletes and staff (subject to change).

Required to apply for World Games:

  • For Junior World Games: Be between the ages of 15-22 and in one of the following four age categories, as of December 31st the year of the competition to the applicable IWAS event: Under 23, Under 20, Under 18 or Under 16
  • Be an amputee, a dwarf, have cerebral palsy, or be a wheelchair athlete who is classifiable under the International Paralympic Committee classification system.
  • Achieve required performance standards in event(s) as outlined in Appendix A at least once during the designated qualification period of Jan 1 – Dec 31 the year prior to the applicable IWAS event.
  • Performance standards must have been met or surpassed at the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals, an IPC sanctioned / approved event(s) or Adaptive Sports USA Level 3 sanctioned event(s) during the qualification period mentioned above.
  • Have a minimum of 2 years competition experience at the local or regional level and a minimum of one year at the national level to include Junior Nationals or national IPC sanctioned / approved event(s)
  • Be a citizen of the United States (Athlete and Coach)
  • Staff: Have a minimum of two years of national coaching experience

Recommended to apply:

(If selected, the athlete must obtain each prior to the start of competition)

  • Have an IPC athlete license for the calendar year of the applicable IWAS event.
  • Complete International classification or have applied for international classification completing all necessary documentation for this process.
  • Have a current passport which does not expire for 6 months after the event (Athlete and Coach)
  • Be a current member in good standing of Adaptive Sports USA (Athlete and Coach)
  • Sign a code of conduct (Athlete and Coach)

Staff Job Descriptions