What is the CYBATHLON

The CYBATHLON is a unique championship in which people with physical disabilities compete against each other to complete everyday tasks using state-of-the-art technical assistance systems.

Robert Riener, professor of Sensory-Motor Systems at ETH Zurich, initiated the CYBATHLON in 2013 as a platform for the development of everyday-suitable assistance systems. The first competition organised by ETH Zurich was than successfully launched in 2016. 66 pilots from 25 nations competed in six different disciplines in a sold-out stadium in Zurich.

Get ready for CYBATHLON 2020


The gates of the SWISS Arena in Kloten near Zurich will be opened for the continuation of the CYBATHLON on May 2–3 2020, when exciting races and challenging tasks will await pilots and spectators for the second time.

Races in six disciplines
Behind the scenes, planning for the next CYBATHLON, under the umbrella of ETH Zurich, has been taking place since the successful premiere in October 2016.

After the six disciplines of the CYBATHLON 2016 have proven themselves, they will remain in the program of CYBATHLON 2020. This means that visitors and pilots can look forward to Brain-Computer Interface Race, Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike Race, Powered Arm Prosthesis Race, Powered Leg Prosthesis Race, Powered Exoskeleton Race as Powered Wheelchair Race. The tasks will continue to be relevant to everyday life, but will reflect advances in research.

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