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Guidelines for IA2007 Skills Contests

1. Delegation Members
2. Judges

3. Skills Contests

3.1 Contest categories

  • Contest categories are shown in the List of Categories .
  • A minimum of five contestants from at least three delegations should participate in one contest category to make it an official contest.
  • If the condition stipulated in Section 3-1-b above is not met in a certain contest, the said contest will be implemented as a demonstration category under the same rules as an official contest.

3.2 Task assignment

  • The organizing committee is responsible for preparing task assignment and evaluation criteria for all contest categories.
  • The task assignment and evaluation criteria will be made public no later than January 1, 2007, except for the minimum details that cannot be revealed in advance.
  • The organizing committee will put up the above-mentioned task assignment and evaluation criteria on the official website at: http://www.skillsfestival2007.or.jp/abilympics/en/index.html
    They can also be available at the contest site during the IA2007.
  • The minimum details of task assignment that cannot be revealed in advance will be given at the contest site in advance of each contest, ensuring enough translation/interpretation time (into written, spoken and sign languages).
  • Taking into consideration the workload of contestants, the contest time for one category will not be longer than six hours.
  • Contestants are not allowed to bring in any finished or semi-finished product to the contest site, unless there is any specific direction in the task assignment.

3.3 Orientation

  • An orientation session for each contest category will be conducted at the contest site in order to provide necessary information on equipment/tools and facilities and to make their adjustment, if necessary.
  • The organizing committee will make known the details including the date and time of an orientation session for each category, well in advance.

3.4 Contest venues

  • In order to facilitate participants’ concentration during contests, the organizing committee will prepare an appropriate contest venue, keeping suitable room temperature and humidity, preventing excessive noise, securing enough working space and keeping contest areas separated from spectators.
  • Those who are eligible to enter the designated contest areas during the contest will be limited to contestants, judges and staffs appointed by the organizing committee. Interpreters, who have been registered officially, will also be able to enter the area with a chief judge’s permission.
  • Finished works will be in the safekeeping and responsibility of the organizing committee until the end of the Closing Ceremony. All products (including photos) made by the contestants and photos of the contestants taken during the IA2007 will be the property of the organizing committee who can utilize them in any way whatsoever for promotion of the International Abilympics.
  • Upon prior request from contestants, the organizing committee will make appropriate adjustment for facilities/equipment (such as height adjustment of worktables/benches/chairs and extra light for weak-sighted contestants, etc.) in the presence of judges and contestants themselves.

3.5 Equipment/tools/materials

  • In principle, the organizing committee will provide equipment/tools/materials for the contests, except for ones needed to be brought in by contestants. In order to avoid inequality among contestants, uniformity in quality and quantity of equipment/tools/materials will be ensured.
  • Details of equipment/tools/materials used in the contest, including the ones that contestants should bring in, will be specified in the task assignment, which will be made public by January 2007.
  • Contestants who would like to use personal equipment/tools in his/her contest should ask the organizing committee in writing in order to obtain its permission. The organizing committee reserves the rights to decide whether it is acceptable or not. No personal equipment can be brought into the contest site without the said permission.