CLASSIFICATION FAct sheets


What is classification?

Classification determines who is eligible to compete in Paralympic Sport and groups eligible athletes into sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport.

What happens during classification?

Classification determines who is eligible to compete in Paralympic Sport and groups eligible athletes into sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport.


Who is Eligible for Classification?

Each Paralympic Sport must clearly define what impairment groups they provide sports opportunities for. This is described in the Classification Rules of each sport.

Athletes with a Physical Impairment

This information provides a generic guide to classification for athletes with a physical impairment and is not to be used to make classification decisions.


Athletes with a Visual Impairment

This information provides a generic guide to classification for athletes with a visual impairment and is not to be used to make classification decisions.

Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment

This information provides a generic guide to classification for athletes with an intellectual impairment and is not to be used to make classification decisions.