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Athletics is the most widespread I.B.S.A. sport, practised in international competitions by more than 70 countries.

Competition is organised according to the I.B.S.A. Classification System, using all three classes - B1, B2 and B3. The rules of the International Athletic Associations Federation (IAAF) are followed for a range of traditional Athletics events that is more or less complete except for events such as the Hurdles races, the Steeplechase, and the Pole Vault.
IAAF Rules are followed in their entirety by the class B3 athletes, but there are necessary modifications in the case of the more severe visual impairments - Class B2 and B1. Some of these modifications involve adjustments to the Athletics facilities, or to the way in which they are used. Most of the modifications regulate the way in which these classes may be given assistance (by running guides, for example, or by callers supplying auditory guidance in field events) to enable them to perform in authentic competition.

Athletics competitions for Blind and Visually Impaired athletes have a long history, and since the formation of I.B.S.A. in 1981 there has been a regular programme of international competition at a continental and world level. Presently Athletics championships at a continental level take place regularly in European and Pan American continents. The I.B.S.A. European Championships have been held every two years since 1983. Blind Athletics have been part of the FESPIC Games in the Pacific region since their inception.

Under I.B.S.A. auspices, Blind athletes competed in Paralympic Games in Long Island (1984), Seoul (1988), Barcelona (1992), Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). They were also present in the pan-disability World Championships of Gothenburg (1986), Assen (1990) and Lille (2002).

I.B.S.A. conducted its first multi-sport World Championships in Madrid in 1998, and in this event, as in the 2nd I.B.S.A. World Championships and Games in Quebec City in 2003, Athletics was the blue riband sport.

In addition, I.B.S.A. has conducted Road Race competitions over the full marathon, half-marathon, and 10K distances at continental and world levels. Youth championships in track and field and in cross-country are also part of the programme of the sport.

Rhodes Kalipatera Sports Center

There are 2,000 seats covered platform fully accessible to people with disabilities

  • An indoor training room with rubber floor, 85 m long, with 4 speed lanes track and a pit jump. Its located behind the seat platform, close to the main entrance.

  • Located in the same area is a gym with strengthening equipment changing rooms, WC and a surgery.

  • Around the stadium and inside the complex, a controlled 1000m asphalt path is suitable for long distance running.

  • At the southern side of the complex there are a discus throw cage and putting circles for training

  • at eastern side there is an open air 120 m 5 speed lanes track, suitable for training.

    The Kalipateira Sport Complex is located in an area where there are hotels of all categories, restaurants, shops, traditional villages, beaches and attractions.
IBSA Open Europe Championships “IRIS” Rhodes 2009
Diagoridon 1, 85100 Rhodes, Greece, Phone: 00302241039707, Fax: 00302241039707, Mob.: 00306974997132
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