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.
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
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.
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.
As 2017 draws to a close we should look at the highlights of another fantastic year:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
BISFed Members will know that several changes to the Boccia Rules were introduced for use on a trial basis in sanctioned competitions during 2017.
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 promotes the growing participation of women in its sanctioned events. As recently announced, boccia has been granted an increased allocation of slots at the 2020 Paralympic Games and the number of slots reserved for females will also be increased.
BISFed received good news following today’s meeting of the International Paralympic Committee’s Global Board in Abu Dhabi.
The BISFed Competition Committee can now announce the provisional schedule for the 2018 season. Final details are subject to negotiation with Host Organising Committees and there are 4 events that will be announced shortly.
Greek BC3 World Number 2, Greg Polychronidis married his long time assistant, Katerina Patroni last week. The pair enjoyed a beautiful wedding and are now straight back into training ready for the 2017 BISFed World Open in Kansas at the end of September! Good luck to you both from everyone at BISFed!!!
We’ve introduced a new feature on the BISFed Sport Management Platform – Licences.
These licences are free, but we need all of our members to log in to their online accounts and register players and officials before September 30th 2017. The licences will provide everyone with a unique number that we can start to use to automate the World Rankings and improve our classification database.
We have 10 nations competing in Cali this week, 2 of which are competing at their first BISFed sanctioned event. Athletes from Peru and Ecuador are competing in Colombia less than a year after joining BISFed. Boccia is growing rapidly across the world with increasing interest in South America. Good luck to all of the athletes competing this week, but particularly those competing at their first international event!
The logo for the 2018 BISFed World Boccia Championships was revealed on Sunday 13th August at the medal ceremony for the 2017 United Kingdom Boccia Championships.
BISFed is delighted to announce its new Committee structure. We would like to thank all our Members who nominated individuals to join the new Committees which have been selected to bring a breadth of experience as well as balanced regional representation. We also thank all those who have served on one of the Committees during the last four years.
The newly-elected BISFed board met by conference call on Thursday 27th July. The Board meets regularly throughout the year and at the most recent meeting it was agreed that it would be helpful to communicate highlights of our discussions and decisions to our Members.
Seville hosted the largest event of the year this week with athletes from around the world coming together to compete in the Spanish city. Athletes from 7 countries took to the podium in the Individual events with Thailand ending the event top of the medals table with 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals to add to the 2 golds won in the teams and pairs events.
Don’t forget that you can follow all of the action from the event in Seville this week. Play starts on Wednesday with the Teams and Pairs events. The live stream link will be announced later today for those that want to watch, but if the game you are wanting to see isn’t on the show court don’t worry! The official draw won’t be made until Tuesday evening but see the links below and bookmark them now in preparation for Wednesday:
There are now only 2 weeks until the penultimate international competition in Europe for 2017. FEDPC will host the BISFed 2017 Seville World Open in Spain. Almost 100 competitors will descend on the Spanish city to earn those valuable World Ranking points that will aid qualification into the 2018 World Championships in Liverpool next year.
The Polish Boccia Association hosted yet another World Class event last week. Over 80 athletes from across Europe descended on Poznan for the BISFed 2017 Poznan Regional Open Championships. The event game athletes in Europe their 2nd opportunity to earn ranking points from the Regional Open Championship tier event. The tier was introduced for the first time this year by the BISFed Competition Committee to encourage more of our members to provide more opportunities for the athletes for elite level competition.
The Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) has announced that Russian boccia athlete Dimitri Kozmin has been suspended for one year for an Anti-Doping Rule violation. Kozmin returned an adverse analytical finding for trimetazidene in a urine sample provided on 23 May 2016 while competing at the BISFed World Open in Dubai, UAE. Trimetazidene is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List (S.4. Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) and is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.
BISFed can now announce two new members. Georgia and Iceland have taken advantage of the new member offer that was introduced in 2015, an offer that has now been taken up by 13 further members. In addition to the two confirmed members, 5 other organisations have been in contact to discuss how they can get involved.
After electing a new board on 29th June, the BISFed board can now confirm a new committee structure. There will be 5 committees (Competition and Rules; Referees; Development; Classification; Anti-Doping) with the following acting as Committee Chair:
There are just 3 weeks to go until the BISFed 2017 European Regional Open Championships, Poznan. Over 80 players will compete in the 2nd European Regional Open Championships of the year.
The BISFed Competition Committee have now released the new World Ranking System for the 2017-2020 quadrennial. The new system has been developed using the knowledge of the Competition Committee and the mathematical expertise of UK Sport’s Intelligence Team. The proposed method has been put through extensive simulations using data from past events and will go through further testing prior to its introduction ahead of the 2018 season. continue reading
On 29th May 2017, BISFed held its second General Assembly in Hong Kong, hosted by the National Paralympic Committee of Hong Kong. 24 Full BISFed members attended the meeting to hear reports of progress, debate motions and elect a new Board.
There were 8 incredible matches to round off a truly remarkable competition in Hong Kong. The BISFed 2017 Asia & Oceania Championships have produced some of the highest quality competition in recent years with the top athletes pushing each other in all classes.
The team and pairs finals produced some fantastic performances in Hong Kong this morning.
There were no shocks in the BC1/BC2 team event. Favourites Thailand put on an incredible show beating Japan 13-0 in the final. The Japan team have had a number of excellent results leading up to the Regional Championships, and despite the heavy defeat the signs look good for them as their road to a home Paralympic Games begins.
“BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships – Hong Kong”, organised by the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKPC&SAPD) will be held from 24 – 28 May at Ma On Shan Sports Centre. A press conference was hosted today (19 May) to announce the Championships details and invite the public to join.
We are one week away from the first Regional Championships of the year, in Hong Kong. Athletes from across Asia will compete for the 7 gold medals on offer at what is set to be one of the most hotly contested competitions of the year.
BISFed would like to welcome 3 new volunteers that have been selected as part of a lengthy recruitment process by the IPC. The 3 volunteers will help us improve our social media presence and drive engagement through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with structured campaigns and exciting new material.
The BISFed Competition Manual has been updated slightly to clarify the positions within a pool. There are no significant changes but the committee elected to make the changes to avoid any confusion at future competitions.
The Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) has awarded the rights to host the 2018 World Championships to Boccia UK. The competition, which is the biggest and most prestigious on the international calendar outside the Paralympic Games, will be hosted at Exhibition Centre Liverpool from the 9th to 19th August 2018.
The 2nd BISFed event of the year gets underway on Saturday 15th April and will see teams from India and Saudi Arabia take part in their first BISFed event. They will be joined by athletes from 8 other countries from within the Asia & Oceania region and 17 of the 57 athletes in attendance will be competing internationally for the first time.
Over the last 18 months we’ve worked hard with our technology partner Sport:80 to develop a bespoke Competition Management System (BCMS) to assist our event organisers and our technical officials manage events. We’ve invested our time and resource to ensure we provide the best tool possible for the management of the competition meaning the organisers can focus on delivering a World class event.
The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) yesterday announced that long-time boccia volunteer and official Donna Zorn, is the newest member of the CCPSA’s Hall of Fame. Established in 2005, the CCPSA Hall of Fame recognizes and honours CCPSA athletes, coaches, officials, builders, and teams who have had extraordinary achievements in their sport, in Canada or Internationally.