Chairperson: Arthur Dean, Great Britain


Steve Scott, Great Britain

April Barrett, Great Britain

Alain Dajean, France

Karen Mueller, Germany

Meredith Tripp, Australia

Amy Andrews, United States


IDAF, the worldwide governing body for dwarf sports, exists 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.

At their first official national games in 1986, the Dwarf Athletic Association of America (DAAA) sent an open invitation to athletes with dwarfism around the world. Athletes from Canada, El Salvador, Mexico, and Sweden accepted the invitation, and the need for an international dwarf sports presence began to emerge. With growing international interest, DAAA hosted the first World Dwarf Games in Chicago, Illinois, USA, in 1993. Ten nations and 165 athletes participated in seven sports. Before the 1993 World Dwarf Games ended, 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.

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  • Collins Kofi Zoiku 04 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Could you please help me with Arthur Dean, the Chairperson of IDAF’s contact number ?

    • WDG2017 10 / 10 / 2016 Reply

      I have forwarded your email to hi and I am sure you will get a response from him soon.

  • WDG2017 18 / 10 / 2016 Reply

    Please let me know when you hear from the IDAF I know they were away but should respond soon.

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