International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games

The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) World Games, also known as the IWAS World Games, is a multisport competition for athletes with disabilities.

Former name of the IWAS World Games was the International Stoke Mandeville Games, a forerunner of the Paralympics.

In 1960s to 1970s, the Games were simply known as the Wheelchair Olympics.

The first IWAS World Games were held in 1948, organized by a neurologist to have a sporting competition involving the veterans of the World War II with injuries to their spinal cold. They were patients at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital in England. It took place alongside the first post-war Summer Olympics in London.

Netherlands joined the event, making it the first international sports competition for the disabled.
Following the 1960 Olympics, the ninth Stoke Mandeville Games were held in Italy.

The Stoke Mandeville Games continued to be a multisport event for wheelchair athletes while the Paralympics progressed to include athletes from all disability groups.

The games were held yearly in Stoke Mandeville under the organization of the International Stoke Mandeville Games Federations (ISMGF), later became the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation (ISMWSF).

In the 2003 Games, the competition included amputee athletes, organized by the International Sports Organization for the Disabled.

In 2004, the organizations ISMWSF and ISOD combined to create the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS).

The next IWAS World Games

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