International Dwarf Athletic Federation
IDAF Board of Directors
IDAF is the worldwide governing body for dwarf sports. IDAF goals are to: (a) encourage international sporting competition amongst dwarf athletes; (b) represent the needs of dwarf athletes amongst other international sporting organizations; (c) set and maintain standard rules for sports used in international competition; (d) establish eligibility and profiling rules for participating athletes; and (e) support a World Games every four years.
The genesis of IDAF was the participation of 117 athletes from 5 nations (Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States) at the First International Dwarf Games held in Dearborn, Michigan, USA, in 1986. Athletes competed in basketball, golf, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, and track and field.
The first international competition with the title of World Dwarf Games was held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1993. These games featured 165 athletes from 10 countries who participated in basketball, boccia, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, track and field, and volleyball. The countries were Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and United States.
Towards the end of the seven days of competition at the 1993 World Dwarf Games, the international representatives from all 10 countries came together to form IDAF. The new federation would be governed by a steering committee, made up of representatives from four countries that would establish bylaws and a charter, as well as enable countries to prepare for national and international competition in the future. IDAF was chartered as an organization just two years later (1995) in the United Kingdom.