Tickets have gone on sale for the 2023 International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games.
The event – sponsored by RNIB - is being held in Birmingham and other regional venues including Coventry, Warwick and Walsall between August 18-27 – marking the first time it has ever been held in the UK.
The IBSA World Games will see around 1,250 blind and partially sighted athletes from 70 countries in 10 sports – three of which, men’s blind football, men’s and women’s goalball, and judo, will be qualification tournaments for the 2024 Paralympic Games.
Other sports featured include archery, chess, men’s and women’s cricket, powerlifting, ten pin bowling, tennis, and showdown.
The three Paralympic qualifying sports are ticketed events along with women’s blind football and men’s partially sighted football, with all other sports open to the public to attend for free without needing to book.
Prices for ticketed events range between £5 for concessions, to £25 for adults. Official support workers or guides will be able to accompany a paid ticket holder for free.
“The IBSA World Games has a crucial role to play in demonstrating to the public the elite standards that blind and partially sighted people compete at,” said Sallie Barker, Chair at British Blind Sport.
“This is underlined non-more-so than the inclusion of three Paralympic qualification events at this year’s World Games.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to buy their tickets for these events, as the money will go towards helping to stage what is an historic event for the UK and sport for blind and partially sighted people across the world – and will hopefully leave a legacy by levelling the playing field for blind and partially sighted people across all areas of
Tickets can be purchased via www.ibsagames2023.co.uk/tickets - which also provides more details about ticketing for each sport, including goalball, pictured above (Photo: Goalball UK)