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The International Blind Sports 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 14-27 August 2023, held at the University of Birmingham, across the Edgbaston and wider region. 

University of Birmingham
Organised by

Birmingham City Council
University of Birmingham
UK Sport
British Blind 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 seven non-paralympic sports; Archery, Chess, Cricket, Men’s Blind Football, Partially Sighted Football, Women’s Blind Football, Goalball (Male/Female), Judo, Powerlifting, Showdown, Ten Pin, Bowling and Tennis.

The Vale
Edgbaston Park Hotel

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