The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) was founded in Paris in 1981 as a non-profit-making organisation. The founding congress was held at UNESCO headquarters in the French capital, and was attended by 30 countries.
IBSA's status as a legal entity was formalised in 1985 with the adoption of its first constitution during a general assembly held in Hurdal, Norway. The constitution has been revised and amended at several assemblies since then, including in June 1997 on the occasion of the 5th General Assembly in Casablanca and at the 7th assembly in Beijing, China, in 2005.
Caption: the original IBSA logo (black and white)
Caption: the original IBSA logo in colour (blue and yellow)
IBSA was registered at the Spanish National Sports Council (CSD) from March 1996 until the beginning of 2014, when the federation's legal domicile was transferred to Bonn, Germany.
IBSA is fully integrated within the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the overall governing body for the Paralympic Games. IBSA's main aim is to organise sports competitions and activites where blind and partially sighted can compete in equal conditions with their peers. This is achieved through the work of the governing bodies in IBSA: Executive Board, Management Committee, Sports Technical Committee, Medical Committee and, most importantly, the subcommittees for each IBSA sport.
For IBSA it is essential that the visually impaired sports movement has its own identity and there is an international federation working to promote sports specifically for blind and partially sighted boys, girls, men and women. One of IBSA's goals is to remain a strong organisation: with over 100 member countries from all five continentes and a considerable presence in many parts of the world we are securing this objective.
The Executive Committee is IBSA's governing body; priority in our actions and in the use of resources is generally given to countries where blind sports programmes do not exist or require strengthening. IBSA also strives to promote sports through various communications strategies, training programmes and institutional relationships with governments and other authorities.
IBSA celebrated its Silver Jubilee (25th Anniversay) in 2006. To mark the occasion, a specially-designed logo was created and used at all IBSA events during the year and a gala dinner in honour of IBSA presidents was held in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday the 30th of September.