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BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships – Teams and Pairs Announced

BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships – Teams and Pairs Announced

The teams and pairs competing at this years World Championships can now be announced. The individual takes place between 12th-15th August with the teams and pairs taking place between 16th-18th August:

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BISFed Equipment and Ball Check Procedures

The BISFed Referee Committee have been working on developing the procedures undertaken by officials at the equipment checks. The clearly defined processes have been developed to ensure that standard tests take place at all of our events.

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Streaming & Results – Povoa

You can continue to catch up on all the action from Povoa on their official YouTube channel. Fans can also download the official results from the Individual and Team & Pairs events with the world rankings being updated shortly… continue reading

Live Streaming – Povoa Opening Ceremony

2019 Calendar of Events Announced

The BISFed Competition Committee can now announce a provisional schedule fo events for 2019. There is unfortunately 1 event missing from the original schedule of events, a Regional Open in Africa/ America. If any members are able to host this event please contact admin@bisfed.com.

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BISFed Standard Boccia Ball Test Kit

BISFed is pleased to announce that an updated ‘Mark 2’ version of the Standard Boccia Ball Test Kit is now available. Mark 2 has three significant improvements over the original design:

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50 days to go…

It is now less than 50 days to go until more than 180 of the world’s best boccia players arrive in Liverpool for the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships. To celebrate, here is a specially produced animation explaining how boccia is played

Tickets are still available at www.echoarena.com/worldboccia

Election of a BISFed Athletes’ Representative

Your Board has agreed that the time is right to start working towards appointing an Athletes’ Council, a body which will have responsibility for representing the views of boccia athletes on how the sport can be developed, and for acting as the liaison between athletes and the day-to-day decision makers in BISFed.

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BISFed Development Committee Update

Don’t miss the BISFed Development update and consultation meeting to be held on Tuesday 14 August 2018 during the Boccia World Championships in Liverpool. To register your interest please email admin@bisfed.com and further details will be sent to you. More information on the meeting can be found at the end of this update.

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30 days to go!

The gap between the BISFed 2018 Sao Paulo Boccia Regional Open and the BISFed 2018 Povoa Boccia World Open is the longest that boccia enthusiasts will encounter now the season is underway. The 34 day build up will see athletes have their final chance to perform on a world stage ahead of the World Championships in Liverpool in August.

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Sao Paulo hosts Boccia Regional Open

The second boccia competition in the Americas region will begin Sunday (20 May) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The state-of-the-art Brazilian Paralympic Training Centre will host the BISFed Sao Paulo Boccia Regional Open. It follows on from April’s Montreal Open held in Canada.

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BISFed 2018 Sao Paulo Boccia Regional Open

The athletes are going through their final preparations ahead of the Regional Open in Sao Paulo next week. Teams will start to arrive in Brazil on Sunday for the second event of the year to be held in the Americas.

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Competition & Ranking Manual – v1.3

Following recent discussions and feedback, the BISFed Competitions Committee have made the following amendments to the Competition & Ranking Manual: continue reading

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS LAUNCHES LEGACY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN LIVERPOOL

With 100 days to go until the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships in Liverpool, Paralympic gold medallist David Smith MBE today unveiled a £32,000 legacy masterplan to improve the lives of local people with disabilities.

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Making Boccia Accessible

The Rwandan NPC have been working hard to increase the number of boccia instructors in their country.

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FBT ANNOUNCED AS OFFICIAL PARTNER FOR THE BISFED 2018 WORLD BOCCIA CHAMPIONSHIPS

FBT has been announced as Official Partner of the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships, which take place in Liverpool from 12-18 August. The partnership will see FBT supply official clothing for the event’s officials, volunteers and local organising committee.

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BISFed 2018 Montreal Boccia World Open – Results

View the full results from Montreal HERE

Entries Open!!

Entries are now open for the BISFed 2018 Poznan Boccia Regional Open and the BISFed 2018 Olbia Boccia Regional Open. Members will have until 31st May to sign up!

BISFed 2018 Montreal Boccia World Open

Check out the official event website here: http://evenement.defisportif.com/

Live Action from Montreal!!

BISFed 2018 Montreal Boccia World Open – Schedule Released

The first World Open of the year gets underway on Wednesday and the organisers have released the draft schedule and event information.

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BISFed 2018 Montreal Boccia World Open

The event gets underway in Montreal next week with over 100 athletes taking part in the 5 day event. The Defi Sportive Altergo organisers have been strong supporters of BISFed events in recent years and we’re looking forward to another fantastic event next week! Remember to keep checking back next week to keep up to date with the latest action and to view live scores!

Congratulations Jon Morgan OBE

Our Treasurer was awarded  one of the most prestigious honours in the UK when he was awarded the Order of the British Empire medal in the Queens Honours list 2018. Congratulations from everyone at BISFed!

BISFed 2018 Madrid Regional Open

After another successful event in Spain you can view the final results HERE. You can also visit the BISFed Facebook page to view all the photos from the last week. A huge thank you from everyone at BISFed to all of the officials, our members who attended and FEDPC for hosting a MAGNIFICENT event!

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Opening Ceremony!!

BISFed 2018 Madrid Boccia Regional Open

12 countries will take part in this weeks event in Pinto, Madrid but none are more notable than the team from Tunisia. NPC Tunisia have been a BISFed member since 2015 however this will be their first BISFed event. The 5 strong team of athletes will participate in the BC1, BC2 and BC4 events this week and will then join together to compete in the Teams and BC4 Pairs event this weekend.

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Ise Update

It’s the final day of play in the individual competition in Japan today. Live scoring can be found HERE.

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Ise Schedule

The schedule for the BISFed 2018 Ise City Regional Open has now been finalised. Live scoring is available on the BISFed Website.

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Madrid Competition Information

The welcome manual and competition guide for the event in Pinto can now be downloaded HERE.

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Competition Manual Released – Ise

The competition Manual for the BISFed 2018 Ise City Boccia Regional Open has now been finalised and can be downloaded HERE. The competition starts on Saturday (17th March) with the individual events with the team and pairs getting underway next Tuesday (20th March).

Contract Signed in Italy

BISFed President David Hadfield met with the President of the Italian Boccia Federation, Marco De Sanctis, during a private visit to Rome. The two Presidents discussed the exciting and rapid development of boccia in Italy and also took the opportunity to sign the Hosting Contract for the 2018 Olbia Boccia Regional Open which will take place in Sardinia in October 2018. continue reading

Competition & Ranking Manual

The BISFed Competitions Committee have released a new manual outlining the new competition and ranking processes. This document can be downloaded on the Competitions page.

 

3 FURTHER SLOT ALLOCATIONS RELEASED!!!

Firstly we’d like to apologise for the delay in releasing these final slot allocation notices however you can now view them below. We’re still waiting to finalise some key information with HOCs and hope to send entry instructions to our members shortly:

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Notice from the BISFed Rules Committee

Dear BISFed members:

We, the BISFed Rules Committee, are very grateful for all your responses in regards to the rules updates. Thank YOU so very much! Your comments help to improve the sport for everyone. Your comments also indicate the passion and dedication you have for Boccia.

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BISFed International Boccia Rules

Version 3 has now been finalised by the BISFed Rules Committee. All changes have been clearly marked in red to ensure the changes can be identified quickly.

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Slot allocations for Ise City released!

The slot allocations for Japan’s first BISFed event can now be released. This event will be the first BISFed sanctioned competition of 2018 and is the first to be held in Japan ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games! continue reading

Second Round of Slot Allocations for 2018 Announced

Our Competition Committee have now released the slot allocations for three of our Regional Opens in 2018. The committee allocated slots based on member preference, maximum competition quotas and competition balance.

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First Slot Allocations for 2018 Announced

The BISFed Competition Committee have now release the slot allocations for 4 of next years events. The remaining events will be announced later this week once the committee have finalised the allocations:

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2018 Expression of Interest now closed

All of our members have now submitted their expression of interest forms and the Competition Committee are working hard to allocate slots for the 2018 events. The committee will confirm the slot allocations on week commencing 15th January and members will be notified by email.

2018 New Year Message from the President

As 2017 draws to a close we should look at the highlights of another fantastic year:

  • Boccia remains the fastest – growing Paralympic sport, and BISFed’s membership has continued to grow during the year
  • We implemented a new Competition System and have sanctioned more competitions than ever – 9 World Ranking events during 2017
  • We have implemented a world-class Competition Management System which combines and automates the management of all competition activities with real time publication of scores and results on the internet
  • Following detailed discussions with the International Paralympic Committee, boccia was awarded 8 additional athlete slots for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
  • We have invested in operational support to provide a more efficient service to our Members
  • In May we held BISFed’s second General Assembly during which a new Board was elected
  • Throughout the year we have once again been entertained and amazed by many outstanding and exciting displays of boccia by our athletes.

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT HERE

Updated World Rankings

The world rankings have now been updated and can be viewed online HERE.

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BISFed Competition Committee Timeline

Timeline for allocation of Slots – Competitions Calendar 2018

Release of new 2017 World Ranking Lists – December 5th 2017
BISFed will release on its website the new World Ranking List on December 5th 2017. The World Ranking using the new calculation method developed by the Competition Committee. The rankings will be used to award slots for the different events in 2018.

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Kenneth Verwimp

BISFed are sad to announce the passing of Belgian BC3 athlete Kenneth Verwimp. He represented Belgium internationally for many years, most recently in Povoa at the 2017 European Championships. He also had the opportunity to showcase his sporting prowess in Rio last year where he finished 10th in the individual competition and 5th in the BC3 Pairs event with Pieter Cilissen and Kirsten De Laender.

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BISFed 2017 Mar del Plata Boccia Regional Open

BISFed regrets to announce that the final competition in the 2017 calendar, the BISFed 2017 Mar del Plata Boccia Regional Open has been cancelled. This is due to insufficient registrations to make the event viable for the Host Organising Committee. The HOC will contact all those who have already registered. Please address any questions to Dom Tremblay at operations@bisfed.com.

Portugal Halt GB Clean Sweep

Portugal’s BC2, Nelson Fernandes prevented a GB clean sweep at the BISFed European Championships, as Britain enjoyed a hat-trick of gold medals. The home favourite progressed to the final by overcoming team-mate Abílio Valente, the tournament top seed and came out 4-3 winner in the final.

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BISFed 2017 European Championships, Povoa

The penultimate BISFed event of 2017 starts today with final warm ups before the action starts tomorrow. Once again, Povoa will host to the best boccia athletes in Europe for the BISFed 2017 European Championships.

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Trial Period for introducing changes to Boccia Rules

BISFed Members will know that several changes to the Boccia Rules were introduced for use on a trial basis in sanctioned competitions during 2017.

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BISFed sends condolences to the friends and family of José-Luis Campo

BISFed was saddened to hear the tragic news that Jose-Luis Campo, President of the Americas Paralympic Committee passed away suddenly yesterday. José-Luis was a fantastic ambassador for Paralympic sport, and a wonderful friend of the game of boccia. He was doing so much to help develop the game in the Americas, always with boundless energy and enthusiasm. Our thoughts and prayers are with José-Luis’ family and all his friends in the Americas at this sad time. We will miss him greatly.

BISFed 2017 Bangkok World Open – Results Booklet

The final results booklet for the BISFed 2017 Bangkok World Open Individual competition is available: HERE

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Live Streaming from Bangkok

Live streaming will be available for the event in Thailand this week on Facebook. The link to the official Facebook page is HERE. There will be a minimum of 8 matches each day with athletes from 15 countries around the World taking part.

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