2 New Paralympic Sports Could be in 2028 Games…

2 New Paralympic Sports Could be in 2028 Games…

2 NEW DISABILITY SPORTS may well be introduced into the 2028 Games, the International Paralympic Committee, said.

ParaClimbing and ParaSurfing may well end up joining the 28 other ParaSports that are already in the Paralympic movement – making it 30. 

Snooker and disability snooker or (should we call it Para-Snooker) is hoping in the future to become a Paralympic sport, but it has a long way to go.

SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor spoke to Bob Hill who has recently UPDATED their classification list and said it was an aspiration to join the Paralympic movement and move to the IPC Classifications. 

However, when Chris Gaynor tried to contact the WDBS again via phone and email, he didn’t get a reply to some other questions he had.

We had questions for the WDBS that we wanted to answer, including:

“When would the WDBS likely be joining the International Sports Federation to be recognized? 


The World Disability Snooker has a long and tough road ahead if it wants to become a Paralympic Sport.

Phillip Dorward, Head of Communications at the International Paralympic Committee, said this: “Applications are submitted more than six years before, and it’s competitive.”

He added; “World Disability Snooker have not yet applied to be part of the Paralympic Games. They are also not yet one of the recognised International Sport Federations, which is an important element of eligibility.”

Current snooker bodies that are recognized by the ISF include the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF).

In an EXCLUSIVE PDF sent by the IPC, the PDF talks about the rigorous tests involved in a sport becoming a Paralympic one.

It talks about the fact that there has to have been two World Championships held within a certain time frame.

Dorward added that for the 2024 Paralympics, Badminton and Taekwondo were added to the growing list of sports – that made a reappearance onto the list. Before the 2024 Games, there’s the potential for two new sports to be added or, indeed, at least one of them if they get accepted onto the list. These are ParaClimbing and/or ParaSurfing. These are likely to be included in the 2028 Games.

For the 2024 Paris Games, Sports Breaking, Climbing, Surfing, and Skateboarding have all been entered into the Olympic Games.

Snooker made its bid in 2018 but has not been successful for 2024. 

According to the PDF, the sport snooker at Disability level has not yet had a global enough reach for it to be included in the Paralympic status. As repeated, they need to receive International Sports Federation recognition as soon as they can.

The IPC makes it very clear on discrimination against individuals.

Here is an important PDF that highlights the background of Discrimination in sports and what to look out for.





In a previous article on this – SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor questioned whether he was eligible to play in a WDBS event in the future. Bob Hill said that Chris Gaynor would probably be eligible for either Group 4 or Group 5 of an event. Originally, he said it might be group 5.

However, Chris Gaynor is still of the opinion that it could be either 3, 4, or 5. Hill said that he would still need to be assessed at an Open Day at a WDBS event, which Chris Gaynor does not agree with in some respects but it is what it is.

Here is what Chris Gaynor did at the WDBS Event at Woking a few weeks ago which was a great bit of publicity for the WDBS and Woking Snooker…

SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor took the pic and wrote the article for the local paper -. He has written many other snooker articles for the Woking News and Mail and promoted the club online in a variety of ways including the Local League.

Having looked at the Classification List on the IPC website, and looking at the sport swimming, for example, it seems that the criteria for swimming mentions.

Impaired Passive Range of Movement…

Athletes with Impaired Passive Range of Movement have a restriction or a lack of passive movement in one or more joints.

Well, in Chris Gaynor’s case, he has an impaired range of movement in the Right Shoulder. It has been well documented here what happened, but it would appear from the Classification List on the IPC website from the sport Swimming that as documented previously, Chris Gaynor has not got FULL rotation and can therefore not move the full range of movement in the right shoulder to do a proper front crawl.

If the World Disability Billiards and Snooker Association is moving towards an IPC Classification Code of Criteria for sports, then Chris Gaynor believes he would be eligible for the WDBS events based on that short criteria on the IPC website for swimming. It’s just a shame that Chris Gaynor wasn’t assessed at the WDBS events he was at at Woking Snooker Centre which he has been a member of since 2015.

British Swimming indicated there was a very good case for Chris Gaynor entering disability events for para-swimming based on the IPC Classification Rule for swimming.

For those who want to have a look at the criteria on the IPC website, SEE HERE. 

There is a set of criteria based on the current sports involved in the Paralympics.

As the website says: “There are currently 28 Paralympic sports sanctioned by the IPC: 22 summer and six winter. The two newest sports to be given Paralympic status are badminton and taekwondo, which will both make their debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games. The newest winter sport is snowboard, which was first introduced at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.”

Bob Hill said they were going to move forward based on the Criteria set out in the IPC.

There is also the Activity Alliance for Disability in Sport…


On Hill Dickinson, and in the government legislation of the Equalities Act 2010, there is this:

Definition of Disability (new Schedule 1 (5A) Equality Act 2010)

Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out ‘normal day-to-day activities’. An activity will usually be a ‘normal day-to-day’ activity if it is something people do on a regular basis – such as shopping, reading and writing, having a conversation/using the telephone, watching TV, getting washed and dressed, preparing and eating food, carrying out household tasks, walking, using transport to travel and/or taking part in social activities.

Normal day-to-day activities will also include common work activities which significant number of the population are required to perform for work, but will exclude unique and unusual activities which are very specific to a particular job.

However, the ECJ has previously held that the concept of disability must include ‘a limitation which results in particular from physical, mental or psychological impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis with other workers’ (HK Danmark, -v- Dansk almennyttigt Boligselskab [2013] EUECJ C-335/11).

As before, SnookerZone’s Chris Gaynor has a range impairment which would prevent him from doing certain jobs such as lifting heavy goods in a warehouse or placing items on a top shelf in a supermarket per se as hypothetical scenarios as cannot put items up on a top shelf with both arms.

Added to this is if you look on the International Paralympic Classification list, there is a heading under swimming that says this:

mpaired Passive Range of Movement

Athletes with Impaired Passive Range of Movement have a restriction or a lack of passive movement in one or more joints.


Examples of an Underlying Health Condition that can lead to Impaired Passive Range of Movement include arthrogryposis and contracture resulting from chronic joint immobilization or trauma affecting a joint.


The shoulder suffered severe trauma in 2021 in that the rare bone growth led to the arm not being fully rotated which was due to the trauma of the situation, the operation, and other factors, according to the Consultant.

It is UNLIKELY that there will be a way of being able to cut into the bone to release it so that the arm can fully rotate again UNLESS there are miraculous advancements in technology! They said that “cutting” into the bone would be filled with risks of internal bleeding, etc. And was not recommended.

The physio/consultant outlined that it was a diagnosis of Heterotopic Ossification.

On the National Institute of Health website, it describes this Heterotopic Ossification (HO) as a diverse pathologic process, defined as the formation of extra-skeletal bone in muscle and soft tissues. HO can be conceptualized as a tissue repair process gone awry and is a common complication of trauma and surgery.

Day to day, for example, he cannot lift plates into a top cupboard with two hands or a mid-range cupboard. And cannot get items out of a top cupboard with both hands. He has to use one arm to do that.

He cannot lift heavy weights at a gym. And cannot do full swim strokes such as backstroke or front crawl.

Hill said a few weeks ago that you do not have to necessarily be registered as disabled to enter the WDBS events.

Thanks to Bob Hill once again for trying to help ascertain what Group Chris Gaynor could be in should he decide to play in a WDBS event in the future. This is for peace of mind. Good luck with their continued growth in Disability Snooker. We will continue to help amateur snooker as much as we can. 






Chris Gaynor

Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years' experience writing for the web. He loves snooker, CSI and loves cycling off tiramisu!