The 2013 World Dwarf Games will indeed be the largest sporting event in history exclusively for athletes with dwarfism. A total of 395 athletes from 17 countries have registered to compete! Click here for additional participation numbers and a breakdown by age division and sex.
395 athletes, 17 countries
Participation by Male/Female
Participation by Age Division
Participation by Country
Dwarf athletes who made the trip to Michigan State University in East Lansing for the 1985 Cerebral Palsy/Les Autres Games will be the first to enter the stadium during opening ceremonies. They made history by participating in the first-ever sanctioned sport competition where athletes with dwarfism were recognized as a unique classification.
Since 1988, over 85 dwarf athletes from 20 nations have competed in the Paralympic Games. Bios for all known dwarf Paralympians are posted under the Athletes Menu.
Some of these Paralympians will be attending the 2013 World Dwarf Games as athletes, some as parents, and some as sports administrators. Watch for their entrance in the opening ceremonies parade and at events throughout the week.