Gary Vander Vies has released an open letter to the BISFed Community explaining the rational behind the rules clarifications that have been released ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
20 new ‘Boccia Ambassadors’ attended a workshop in Dubai on 18 May, where they learned how to play boccia and how to teach others to play the game. Our new Boccia Ambassadors will return to their counties not only excited by what they have learned, but also with a stock of boccia balls which will help them to develop the sport. Countries which attended were: India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates
Notice to all BISFed members: I was the Head Referee at the 2016 BISFed Individual World Championships. I discovered that some of our rules are dealt with differently in different parts of the World. Please see the attached clarification of three rules that were discussed with the International referees in Beijing and agreed upon by our Rules Committee. By following these rules the same way around the World we will have consistency at all Competitions.
Thanks – Gary Vander Vies
The BISFed Competition Committee are currently reviewing the proposed teams, pairs and individuals that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The committee were due to unofficially announce the athletes that have qualified on the 15th May however in order to check the information and produce the required documents there has been a slight delay.
The teams are starting to arrive in Dubai ahead of the BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open. The organisers have now revealed their logo for the event that will host competitors from 18 countries including Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates . Over 80 athletes will compete across the 5 days of competition that will also see a number of national referees gain their referee qualification to help drive boccia participation in Asia.
The BISFed world rankings have now been updated. These final rankings will now be used to allocate slots for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Federations will receive a preliminary invitation informing them of the slots they have been allocated and a list of athletes that are eligible for selection before the 15th May.
Congratulations to all athletes from everyone at BISFed!
The first 3 events have been decided in Montreal and the individual competition is underway! Follow live streaming HERE!
At several recent BISFed competitions it has been observed that some balls which slide more than they roll (if they roll at all) are now being used. These balls are having a detrimental effect on the spirit of the sport which is that the skill of the athlete, rather than the attributes of the sports equipment being used, should be the primary determinant of the outcome of a match. BISFed has been very concerned about this development with the balls for some time and we are currently taking expert independent advice on how to define and test boccia balls. However we believe that this issue requires immediate action, in particular ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
The 3 BISFed World Open events that are scheduled for 2016 have all sold out. The events in Montreal, Dubai and Povoa have all seen applications rejected due to oversubscription. The first event gets underway in Montreal in 13 days time with competitors taking part from over 15 countries.