Preparing for International Classification
|Athlete presentation for international classification
|Before the classification day
· Each International Sport Federation has a set deadline for submission of the Medical Diagnostics Form.
· The Paralympics Ireland Classification Coordinator is able to assist you to identify deadlines and to guide you through the process of completing and submitting the forms.
· Paralympics Ireland considers it best practice for athletes to undergo national classification prior to attending international evaluation.
· Athletes previously nationally classified can be supported through the process of protesting the international class when adequate.
|What to bring?
· Athletes must arrive at their assigned classification time and location at least 15 minutes before the allocated time with a valid ID.
· Athletes must wear the relevant clothing for their sport i.e. swimming costume for swimming, running gear for athletics etc.
· Athletes must bring all equipment they use during competition for their sport i.e. wheelchair, prosthetics, straps etc.
|Who can accompany the athlete?
· The athlete may be accompanied by one athlete representative (preferentially coach or NGB representative) into the classification room.
· All junior athletes (under 18 years of age) MUST have someone accompany them into classification.
|· The classifiers will explain the evaluation process to the athlete and outline the responsibilities of the athlete, their representative and the classifiers during the athlete evaluation period.
|What is expected of the athlete?
· Athletes must always cooperate to the best of their ability with the classification process.
· You are expected to behave in an honest, courteous and sportsman-like manner at all times.
|What is expected of the athlete’s representative?
· To behave in a courteous manner at all times and to respect the decision of the classifiers.
· They may observe, but not participate in the classification evaluation and are welcome to ask questions.
|What is expected of the classifiers?
· Classifiers should treat you in a manner that is professional, respectful, courteous and safe at all times.
· They should provide you with sufficient information to understand the process, the decision, and the opportunities for protest.
|What if I do not agree with my classification?
· An athlete may have a difference of opinion with their allocated class.
· If you disagree with an International Classification, you should contact an NGB representative immediately after your evaluation. There are specific rules and deadlines to submit a protest.
· To be able to protest, it has to be a clear breach of the rules for that particular sport.
Intentional misrepresentation is cheating. It is considered an offence when either an athlete or athlete support personnel:
· Attempts to deceive the classification panel
· Deliberately presents at classification evaluation in a way that is inconsistent with how they present for competition
· Fails to make a medical notification as to a change of the impairment that may impact the athlete’s class
· Knowingly assists, covers up or disturbs the evaluation process with the intention of deceiving or misleading the classification panel.