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World Championships Referees and Classifiers

World Championships Referees and Classifiers

The names of the officials, classifiers and referees have been announced by the organisers of the 2014 BISFed World Championships.

Technical Officials for BISFed World Championships

2014 BISFed World Championships

This is the list of athletes participating in the Boccia World Championships in Beijing. Each Country will receive a form shortly to nominate thier athletes for the Individual competition. The rest of the field will be completed by the highest ranked athletes not already selected.

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BISFed World Championships Logo Revealed…

The logo for the forthcoming BISFed World Championships has been revealed 40 days ahead of the tournament. The competition kicks off on the 19th September and will pay host to over 180 athletes from 30 federations. The competition will crown 7 new world champions across the 9 days of competition.

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1 year until 2015 Parapan Am Games!!!

It has been a week of countdowns in the world of Paralympic sport. Today marks ‘one year to go’ until the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Americas Paralympic Committee President Jose Luis Campo believes they can have a similar impact in Canada as the London 2012 Paralympic Games had on Great Britain.

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Countdown to BISFed World Championships

The 2014 BISFed World Championships is a little over a month away and preparations are almost complete and ready to welcome over 180 athletes from 30 federations from around the World. This will be the largest Boccia competition ever held and marks a significant point in BISFeds journey. Not only will it be a chance for athletes to compete  against each other for the right to be crowned World Champion but over 40 delegates from 30 federations will embark on the Chinese capital for the first BISFed General Assembly to discuss a host of important issues.

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Rio 2016 launches the Look of the Games

With 2 years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games the Look of the Games has been reveiled.

  • The inspirations for Rio 2016 scenario were Brazil, Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro
  • The Look of the Games is created by Rio 2016 design and brand management team

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International Paralympic Committee Awards Agitos Foundation Grant to BISFed

The IPC has announced the 2014 recipients of grants from its development arm, the Agitos Foundation. BISFed has been successful in its application for grant funding for the second year:

The 2014 grant will be spent on designing and implementing on-line education tools for training Referees and Classifiers which in turn will support the growth of our sport. Working with our technology partner, Sport80, design and development work will start in October 2014 and we expect to be able to launch the new on-line tools during 2015.

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General Assembly Update

The deadline for the general assembly has now been extended. Members will now have until Thursday 31st July to submit their delegates entry and their federations motions and nominations. The general assembly is an invaluable opportunity for members to have their say and express the issues that affect them in the world of Boccia.

The assembly is being held after the BISFed World Championships in Beijing on Sunday 28th September and delegates will have the opportunity to attend a sight seeing tour on Monday 29th September.

We urge all federations to ensure they send one of their delegates to the assembly to ensure they can see how BISFed want to work together with its members to build a better Boccia for everyone.

BISFed World Championships News

BISFed President, David Hadfield and Board Member Martin Lam visited Beijing on 3 & 4 July to review the preparations for the 2014 Boccia World Championships.

They held several meetings with the Local Organising Committee and visited the Competition Venue and accommodation. The photograph shows Martin Lam, Mr Li (Director General, China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities), David Hadfield, and Mr Qi (Deputy Director, CASPD).

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Rule Change Announcement

Notice to all BISFed Members:

On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can determine more accurately the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort. This announcement was as a result of a trend over recent years towards players using balls which have a greater circumference than allowed in the Boccia Rules (i.e. greater than the maximum of 278mm.) Such balls are often so soft that they cannot properly be described as ‘balls’ because they deform so much when they are thrown, thereby giving the thrower an unfair advantage. However, because these balls are so soft, they are able to pass the existing circumference test under Rule 2.1.

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LIVE STREAM – BISFed World Open in Povoa

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2014 BISFed General Assembly

Information has been sent to all federations detailing the requirements for the first BISFed General Assembly. The General Assembly registration process will be managed by the Sport:80 Sports Management System and all federations will be able to log in and complete their registration and pay for the event online. Keep an eye on inboxes as a username and password will be sent directly to the primary email address in our records. General Assembly documents can be downloaded below along with all job descriptions for the elected positions.

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UK National Classification Course

GB Boccia are holding a 2-day classification course on Thursday 3rd July & Friday 4th July. Full details are available online or for further information contact

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International Referees Workshop

Ever wanted to become a boccia referee?

Between 3rd-10th June a course will be held in Beijing for all aspiring referees. BISFed are continually in need of referees to officiate at competitions around the globe. It is important to act quickly to reserve your place on this course. For further information or to submit an application form contact Helen at

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Athlete to Staff ratios for the BISFed World Championships

The competitor to staff ratio is 1:1. Each Pair or Team category are allowed to enter 1 coach/manager and each total delegation can bring one member of medical staff. For example, a country with 7 athletes competing with 1 Team and 1 Pair BC3 means that the maximum number of staff allowed is 10.

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World Open Results – Montreal

The results for the BISFed World Open in Montreal can be downloaded below.


BISFed World Open Results – Montreal

Online Forum is HERE!

The online forum function is now live! We have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officials or supporters of boccia.

Whether its having a discussion with other players about the recent rule change announcement; suggestions as to what you want from us or discussing your latest training methods with others, we want everyone to log in and get involved.

Visit the FORUM now and sign up!

Online Forum Coming Soon…

Here at BISFed we have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officiates or supports boccia. We are currently in the process of incorporating an online forum to our website. Here we want you, the people who love the game, to share your thoughts and let us know exactly how you think we can continue to improve.

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BISFed World Open – Montreal

With 2 weeks to go until the competition starts in Montreal excitement is growing at BISFed. Competitors from as far and wide as Brazil, Russia and Australia will all descend on Montreal to showcase their talent. Alongside the elite competitors will be athletes taking part in the schools competition. Local favourite Marco Dispaltro told organisers, ”At the international level, the number of athletes has been growing year over year. I especially like to see the level of interest at the school level. They are the future of our sport and I understand how important it is to them to rub shoulders with the elite. It is inspiring for them, but also for us. I am touched by their sense of wonder”.

You can keep up to date with all of the latest news by following Défi sportif AlterGo on Facebook and Twitter.

How does Boccia benefit athletes?

Boccia is a strategic target sport requiring skill, accuracy, mental toughness and an ability to think clearly and execute tough shots when under pressure. By developing the technical skills required to play boccia, a player will develop their movement skills. A player can apply the improvement in the movement skills to enhance their functional ability and remain active for longer.

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BISFed World Championships 2014 – UPDATE

Invitations for 2014 Boccia World Championships

Invitations to those who have qualified for the 2014 Boccia World Championships have now all been sent. We are currently waiting to hear back from those who have been asked to fill the remaining spaces and will make a further announcement on April 15th.

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Rule Change Announcement

On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can more accurately determine the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort.

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23 Days until Montreal pay host to the first BISFed event of 2014

With just 23 days to go until the first BISFed event of 2014 excitement is mounting. The Maurice-Richard Arena will host athletes from around the world and give competitors their first opportunity of 2014 to earn valuable world ranking points. The 4 day competition has attracted 76 athletes from 14 different countries and will start on 1st May.

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Making Boccia Accessible

After receiving funding from the AGITOS Foundation and further support from Hogan Lovells and UKSport, the Making Boccia Accessible Project has ensured the project can now be expanded to ensure more sets reach beneficiaries in more countries.

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