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Boccia UK wins bid to host the BISFed 2018 World Championships in Liverpool

Boccia UK wins bid to host the BISFed 2018 World Championships in Liverpool

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.

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Fazza BISFed 2017 Dubai Regional Open Championships

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.

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BISFed Launch new Competition Management System Developed by Sport:80

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.

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CCPSA RECOGNISES DONNA ZORN FOR HER OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER EFFORTS IN BOCCIA

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.

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Sao Paulo 2017 – Parapan American Youth Games

Over 800 youth athlets gathered to celebrate the opening of the fourth edition of the Parapan-American Youth Games in Sao Paulo last night.  The competition runs through to Saturday 25th March and will have athletes from 12 sports compete for the medals. With 3 years to go until Tokyo 2020, many of the athletes will see this as an invaluable stepping stone to further success in Japan.

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First Orders Dispatched

We are pleased to report that the new BISFed Roll Test device is now available, and the first orders have been dispatched via DHL today!

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BISFed International Boccia Rules v.2

A huge “THANK YOU!” to all the translators who have translated the rules into their own languages. This is a huge task that helps everyone.  During the process of translating, I have received several questions for clarification, and some incorrect references have been pointed out. We do not want to make any drastic changes at this time, but in fairness to everyone, we are issuing a version 2 now which contains the corrected references and some extra comments.

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Making Boccia Accessible in Rwanda

The latest Making Boccia Accessible event in Rwanda has been a great success. Representatives from seven countries joined the Rwandan delegation in Kigali for the 2 day course to develop their refereeing and classification skills.

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UPDATE on Boccia Ball Roll Test (Boccia Rule 4.7.2.2.3)

We regret to announce that there will be a further short delay to the introduction of Rule 4.7.2.2.3.

It has been necessary for BISFed to engage a new supplier for the standard Roll Test, and the approved test device will now be available from 20th March 2017.

In order to allow athletes to adjust to the new Rule, we will delay the introduction of Rule 4.7.2.2.3 until 21 May 2017. The first BISFed-sanctioned competition at which Rule 4.7.2.2.3 will apply will be the 2017 Asia and Oceania Regional Championships in Hong Kong starting on 21 May 2017.

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2017 BISFed General Assembly

General Assembly documents have been distributed to all of our members. The meeting will be held in Hong Kong on 29th May 2017. We have scheduled the meeting in the hope that many of our members will also be able to attend the final day(s) of competition at the 2017 Asia and Oceania Regional Championships, also in Hong Kong.

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European Para Youth Games

We are honoured to sanction the European Para Youth Games in Leguria due to be held from the 9th-15th October 2017 with the support from the European Paralympic Committee and the Italian Paralympic Committee.

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IPC President meets Tokyo Governor for boccia match

Governor Koike, who set-up a number of boccia teams within Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) after being impressed by the sport at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, challenged Sir Philip to a match during his last visit to Japan in October 2016 and the IPC President duly accepted.

Joining Sir Philip’s IPC team for the match was Rio 2016 mixed team BC1-2 boccia team silver medallist Hidetaka Sugimura, IPC Governing Board member Yasushi Yamawaki and IPC Chief Executive Offer Xavier Gonzalez.

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BISFed Treasurer

BISFed is pleased to announce that the Board has co-opted Jon Morgan onto the Board to fill the vacant Treasurer role. President David Hadfield said: “ I am delighted that Jon has agreed to join our Board. He is currently the Chief Executive of Disability Sport Wales, and is passionate about sport for disabled people and boccia in particular. Jon will bring a great set of commercial skills to the Board discussions and I and the Board look forward to working with him.”  

2 More Events Collecting Entries

We have now finalised plans with another 2 HOCs and entries are now open on the BISFed Sport Management Platform for our members to start submitting their entries:

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Spanish Rules Now Online

After announcing our new competition rules at the end of January we have now received our first translation curtesy of Andrea Zamora and Teresa Calverol. The pair have provided the Spanish translation and are currently working on a Catalan translation too. All translations will be added to the ‘Rules’ section of the website.

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Update on Boccia Ball Roll Test (Boccia Rule 4.7.2.2.3)

Manufacture of the official device which will be used to perform the Roll Test at BISFed-sanctioned competitions from 2017 is under way. Unfortunately there has been a slight delay in the production process, but we expect to be able to ship the device from the beginning of March 2017. We will post a photograph of the device on the BISFed website during week commencing 13 February, together with instructions on how to order the device for those who require it.

Classification Panels Announced

The BISFed Classification Committee have today released the classification panels for the 2017 events. Classifiers and our members have been notified and we hope to have more exciting news regarding classification courses that will be available in 2017.

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BISFed ITOs Nominated

The BISFed ITOs for the first 3 events have the year have been notified of their selection. The BISFed Referees Committee have analysed the availability of the referees that were nominated by our membership and referees for the following events have been notified:

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BISFed International Competition Rules (2017 v.1)

The BISFed Rules Committee is pleased to publish the updated BISFed International Boccia Rules (2017 v1) for immediate use. Following wide consultation with Members during 2016, the Committee has undertaken an extensive review of the Rules.

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Register Online NOW!!!

3 BISFed events are now accepting entries online. Log in to your account on the BISFed Sport Management Platform to complete the entries for the first 3 events of 2017.

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Classification Rules Update

The BISFed Classification rules have been updated by the BISFed Classification Committee. The new rules will take effect from the first event of 2017. Members with comments should email them to admin@bisfed.com no later than Friday 27th January.

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Competition Dates Updated

All contracts for 2017 are almost signed and we are in a position to start confirming dates of events.

Check the event calendar for the latest dates and to see which dates are confirmed!

Entry Slots Confirmed for 2017 Competitions

The entry slots for 2017 competitions will be announced tomorrow. The BISFed Competition Committee reviewed over 45 Expression of Interest forms and allocated entry slots to ensure all events this year will be at capacity with many events already having comprehensive waiting lists.

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Updates to Anti-doping Documents

The BISFed Anti-doping Committee have published the updated documents in the ‘Anti-doping‘ section of the website. Any questions regarding the new documents should be sent to admin@bisfed.com

World Rankings Updated

The ‘old’ world ranking system has been used for qualification to events in 2017. It will be used for seeding purposes for all events held in 2017. The world ranking positions are calculated in the same way, with the four highest points totals from any event making up the points total.  continue reading

2017 New Year Message from the BISFed President

As we come to the end of BISFed’s first Quadrennial as boccia’s international governing body, it is appropriate to reflect on our achievements to date and to look forward to the future.

2016 has by any measure been the most successful year yet in the history of boccia:

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Expression of Interest for 2017 Competitions

In a bid to deal with the growing demand for international Boccia events the BISFed Competition Committee have introduced a far more expansive calendar of events for the next quadrennial. To ensure members are able to attend a fair number of events the expression of interest for all events will be centrally managed. Members have until the 16th December 2016 to return their EOI form to admin@bisfed.com

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Boccia Ball Specification – UPDATE

Further to the recent draft version of the BISFed boccia rules, we wish to provide an update on progress in finalising Rule 4.7.4 Ball Testing.

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Hong Kong to Host!!

The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled will host the upcoming BISFed 2017 General Assembly on 29th May 2017.

The meeting will take place at the conclusion of the BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Regional Championships. More information will be made available in January 2017, but members wishing to attend should save the date NOW!

12th Edition of Competition Rules

The rules committee has been working long and hard sifting through the proposals and responses from our members. We specifically considered FAIRNESS and EQUALITY when making these decisions.

After many hours and much debating we have our first draft of the 12th edition ready to present to you. These rule changes were proposed and accepted from survey results. In page 3 of the Rule book you will notice that we ask for your observances throughout 2017.

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BISFed World Ranking System – UPDATE

The BISFed Competition Committee presented their proposal for the 2017-2020 Competition System at the BISFed Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in March 2016, and the new Competition System was approved and published in July 2016 . In the feedback session at the EGM, it was agreed that a reliable World Ranking system was a key component of an effective competition system. The Committee explained that developing a World Ranking system which would support the new Competition System would be our next priority.

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Provisional 2017 Event Calendar

The BISFed Competition Committee would like to announce the provisional calendar of events for 2017. These events are confirmed subject to contracts so some information may change.

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BISFed Board and Committee Meeting

This weekend over 20 delegates from around the world were invited to attend the BISFed board in London. The focus of the meeting was to get the Referees Committee, Rules Committee and Development Committee in the same room to discuss how we can all work together to develop the game.

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Brazil’s BC3 Pair win Allianz Team of the Month

Brazil’s BC3 pair has been voted by the public as the Allianz Best Team of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games! Comprised of Evelyn de Oliveira, Antonio Leme and Evani Soares da Silva, the team beat the overwhelming favourites and world No. 1 South Korea last month. Brazil lost to South Korea in the early rounds but came back to dominate 5-2 in the finals.

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Last Chance to Comment on Rule Change Requests

Time is running out to make your comments regarding the rule change proposals. I have inserted comments in some of the threads on Facebook to generate more feedback. To make Boccia be the best it can be for all our athletes, it is important that we understand your thoughts. As you make any comments keep in mind fair play for everyone!

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Rule Change Requests

The final requests have now been posted on Facebook. We’re delighted with the feedback that we have received and want to thank everyone that has taken part. It isn’t too late to have your say! We’re giving the boccia community until the end of October to submit feedback.

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Rule Change Requests

Its day 7! More requests will be going up over the weekend on social media. Keep your comments coming!

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Rule Change Requests

We are half way through the rule change requests that have been sent through to our rules committee. We are delighted with the feedback that we have had so far and want everyone to feel that they can contribute towards our rule improvements. To help you with this we will post each request separately. With 5 more days of requests to go we want to urge you to join the debate on our Facebook page!

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Rule Change Requests

Today the requests look at alterations to penalty balls. Take a look, remember to follow the instructions on the attached document to ensure your opinions are heard by the committee! Better still, follow BISFed on Facebook and join the debate!

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Rule Change Requests

It’s day 4 of the rule change proposals that have been released by the BISFed Rules Committee. The feedback has been filtering in from the boccia community following the first 3 days of the campaign as the rules committee work hard to ensure everyone has the opportunity to input ahead of the release of the rules for 2017-2020.

We ask that you provide your feedback on all of these rules no later than the 31st October 2016 to ensure the committee can discuss the feedback before publishing the draft rules in before the end of the year.

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Rio Round Up

As the dust settles on a memorable Paralympic Games eyes in the Boccia community are now turning to the 12 scheduled 2017 events. Before we look ahead we want to look back at some numbers from the games:

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Rule Change Requests

5 more rule changes have been proposed by various athletes, coaches and officials. We want to hear your input and value the feedback from everyone. Please take look at the attached document and tell us what you think!

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Rule Change Requests

Over the next 2 weeks a number of rule changes will be released on the website. Take a look at the first 4 rule change requests that have been submitted. We want to ensure our members have the opportunity to feedback on all of the potential changes before our committee meet to discuss the final amendments to be made ahead of the 2017 season.

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Rules Changes – New Rules Ready for Implementation

Hello Boccia folks!

Now that the Paralympics are over we are progressing with the proposed rule changes that have been submitted by world members. Thanks to all of you who have submitted an proposal! Please look at the proposals and provide any feedback relating to that particular topic.

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Day 7 – Final Results

The games are over and the medals have all been awarded. Many of the athletes will have to wait 4 more years for their chance at Paralympic glory and for many their final opportunity may have slipped by…

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Day 6 – Spectacular Semis!!

It was a gripping afternoon in Rio as the semi-finalists competed against each other for a converted spot in the Paralympic final. The afternoon session started with the BC1 and BC3 semi finals.

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Day 5 – Headlines From the Final Day of Pools Games

After a tense day of competition in the final pools games of the individual contests, the knock out games have been decided. The first job has been done for many of the athletes who have given themselves the best chance of a medal at this years Paralympic Games. See all the headlines from day 5 below:

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Day 4 – Highlights from Day 4

After a pulsating 3 days of team and pair competition the individual event is now underway. Athletes will compete in the 4 classes for the right to call themselves the Paralympic champion! The highlights from Day 4…

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Day 3 – Brazil Claim Gold!!!

The afternoon session started with Brazil in action once again. This time they were up against the overwhelming BC3 pairs favourites, Korea. The challenge didn’t faze the home team as they raced into a 3-0 lead after some erratic play from Korea.

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Day 3 – Bronze medals for Thailand, Portugal and Greece

In a pulsating first game of the day Great Britain came up against Thailand in the BC4 pairs bronze medal match. GB took a 1-0 lead after the first end but after playing long in the second Evie Edwards was unable to get her first blue to stick to the jack.

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