Open Letter to Boccia Ball Manufacturers

Open Letter to Boccia Ball Manufacturers

Manufacturers of boccia balls will be aware of the recent challenges regarding the testing of boccia balls which have occurred during BISFed-sanctioned competitions. In short, the existing tests do not provide the confidence needed that all the balls used in competition allow a fair competition. At BISFed’s General Assembly in 2014, a motion was passed authorising BISFed (as the sport’s Governing Body) to find a solution to the problem.

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Anti-Doping Announcement

Then IPC medical manager has requested the cooperation of all assistants to athletes in the BC3 class. Any assistants who are taking any prohibitive substance on the 2016 Prohibited List need to complete the BISFed TUE form for assessment according to the World Anti-Doping Code.

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Cor Van Beers

The BISFed family is deeply sad to announce the news that one of our top international referees, Cor Van Beers, has recently passed away.

Cor was a highly regarded in the sport of Boccia and had been due to officiate at the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer. Over the years working in the world of Boccia, Cor has made an immense contribution to the sport and will be greatly missed.

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Competition Pathway and Bid Documents Released

BISFed are pleased to announce the release of the bid documents for 2017-2020 quadrennial. To supplement the bid document, a competition pathway document has been produced to assist perspective bidders. This document identifies the specific requirements for each event tier and indicates the costs that are associated with each.

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New Competition System Confirmed!

The BISFed Competition Committee are delighted to confirm the the Competition System for 2017-2020 has been confirmed. The committee, chaired by Dom Tremblay, have worked tirelessly to develop the system from the last quadrennial to help drive the sport forward.

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Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha to run for Election!!

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the names of a record 22 athletes who will run for election for the IPC Athletes’ Council at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Elections for the six summer sport representatives on the Athletes’ Council will take place between 5 and 16 September, in the Proud Paralympian area of the Athletes’ Dining Hall in the Paralympic Village.

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BISFed 2016 World Open, Povoa

The world’s top boccia athletes will get to perfect their gaming strategies ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, when the BISFed 2016 World Open begins on Monday (13 June) in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

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Rules Clarification – published 7th June 2016

To all Member Nations,

Please see the attached document published today, 7th June 2016, regarding clarification of the rules of our sport.


Many thanks.

BISFed Team

Open Letter from the BISFed Rules Committee

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.

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Making Boccia Accessible in Asia

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

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