Welcome to Birmingham

The International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA) World Games are coming to Birmingham.

The 2023 World Games is the largest high-level international event for athletes with visual impairment, with more than 1250 competitors from 70 nations. Due to take place from 18-27 August 2023, held at the University of Birmingham, across the Edgbaston and wider region. 

University of Birmingham
Organised by

University of Birmingham
British Blind SPort
Birmingham City Council
UK Sport

The 2023 Games is being delivered through a stakeholder group of organisations, comprising British Blind Sport (the Host Federation), the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, UK Sport, and MLS Contracts Ltd.

In addition the Games will be organised by event management company (MLS Contracts Ltd) with the legacy and volunteering opportunities delivered through Sport Birmingham and British Blind Sport.

UOB Sports Pitch

The games, staged every four years are the pinnacle of the international sporting calendar outside the Paralympic Games.

With the 2023 games hosting three paralympic and eight non-paralympic sports; Archery, Chess, Cricket, B1 Male Football. Partially Sighted B2/B3 Male Football, Female Football B1, Goalball (Male/Female), Judo, Powerlifting, Shooting, Showdown, Ten Pin, Bowling and Tennis.

Dining Facilities

The 2023 Games is forecasted to attract over 1,700 Athletes & Support Staff, 136 international officials and 400 sighted & VI Volunteers.