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.
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:
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.
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.
All eyes were on court 3 and 5 at the beginning of the afternoon session. A packed arena with over 5,000 spectators watched on as Dirceu Pinto, Eliseu Dos Santos and Marcelo Dos Santos booked their place in the final and guarantee themselves at least a silver medal in the BC4 pair final.
The morning session saw an end to Great Britain and Brazil’s chance to get a medal in the Team competition. Great Britain were beat 11-0 in their contest with favourites Thailand and Brazil narrowly lost out 6-5 Portugal. The Brazilian spectators were treated to a master class of boccia from the two teams with the home team unfortunate to get knocked out of the competition. The next round sees Thailand face Argentina and Japan face Portugal.
On a noisy day in Carioca 2 the home boccia fans were not left disappointed!
All the noise was directed towards the only Brazilian athletes in action on court number 4. The BC1/BC2 team took an early lead but their opponents, Hong Kong, pulled the game back to take a 3-1 lead in the second and 4th ends. The crowd turned the volume up and their athletes responded eventually taking the game 5-4.
We’ve looked at the strength of the teams from Asia, we’ve looked at who might provide a challenge from Europe and we’ve had a thorough look at what the Brazilian athletes have to offer but now its time to see what the rest of the athletes from the Americas can do!
It is going to take strong performances to prevent the current World umber 1’s from taking home the gold medals in Rio. Pattaya Tadtong (Thailand), Zhiqiang Yan (China), Ho Won Jeong (Korea) and Yuk Wing Leung (Hong Kong) will all be hoping they can beat their rivals to claim the most prestigious gold medals in the sport.
Anybody new to boccia would be forgiven for looking at the current world rankings and thinking that Asian athletes dominate the game. All 7 disciplines have an individual, team or pair from Asia sat firmly at the top of the rankings table going in to the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Dear Members: Please note the current classification list has been published on the Classification page of the site (http://www.bisfed.com/about-boccia/classification/) Should you have any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BISFed are please to release the Boccia training schedule for the Paralympic Games. Training commences on the 31st August and runs through to the end of the competition on the 16th September (no sessions on the 7th September due to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Download the documents below:
BISFed can now confirm the entry lists for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Late substitutions due to injuries may still occur. Any changes made from this point are only permitted in accordance with the Late Athlete Submission policy.
Throughout the last quadrennial it became apparent to the BISFed Rules Committee that there were slight inconsistencies in the way that referees from around the world interpreted different rules. As and when these became apparent the committee published clarifications to inform players, coaches, referees and spectators of exactly how the rules were intended.
Ahead of the Paralympic Games these have been re-published to ensure athlete are fully aware of how the rules will be enforced in Rio:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Notice to all BISFed members: I was the Head Referee at the 2016 BISFed Individual World Championships. I discovered that some of our rules are dealt with differently in different parts of the World. Please see the attached clarification of three rules that were discussed with the International referees in Beijing and agreed upon by our Rules Committee. By following these rules the same way around the World we will have consistency at all Competitions.
Thanks – Gary Vander Vies
The BISFed Competition Committee are currently reviewing the proposed teams, pairs and individuals that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The committee were due to unofficially announce the athletes that have qualified on the 15th May however in order to check the information and produce the required documents there has been a slight delay.
The teams are starting to arrive in Dubai ahead of the BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open. The organisers have now revealed their logo for the event that will host competitors from 18 countries including Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates . Over 80 athletes will compete across the 5 days of competition that will also see a number of national referees gain their referee qualification to help drive boccia participation in Asia.
The BISFed world rankings have now been updated. These final rankings will now be used to allocate slots for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Federations will receive a preliminary invitation informing them of the slots they have been allocated and a list of athletes that are eligible for selection before the 15th May.
Congratulations to all athletes from everyone at BISFed!
The first 3 events have been decided in Montreal and the individual competition is underway! Follow live streaming HERE!
At several recent BISFed competitions it has been observed that some balls which slide more than they roll (if they roll at all) are now being used. These balls are having a detrimental effect on the spirit of the sport which is that the skill of the athlete, rather than the attributes of the sports equipment being used, should be the primary determinant of the outcome of a match. BISFed has been very concerned about this development with the balls for some time and we are currently taking expert independent advice on how to define and test boccia balls. However we believe that this issue requires immediate action, in particular ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
The 3 BISFed World Open events that are scheduled for 2016 have all sold out. The events in Montreal, Dubai and Povoa have all seen applications rejected due to oversubscription. The first event gets underway in Montreal in 13 days time with competitors taking part from over 15 countries.
It was finals day in Beijing today but before the medal games came the semi finals. The BC1 competition was dominated by the Thai athletes. Pattaya Tadtong made short work in his game with David Smith. Tadtong went 5-0 up after 2 and cruised to an overall 8-0 victory. In the other semi final Witsanu Haudpradit looked to have his work cut out against Soulanis. An incredible 3rd end saw Haudpradit take a commanding 7-1 lead in the third and was able to cruise into a final with his fellow countryman.
Greg Polychronidis competition ended in dissapointment. His Japanese opponent took the first end 4-0 but Greg continued to fight! He eventually lost 6-1 and the man from Japan moved on into the semi final. On the adjacent court Jamie McGowan was taking on his toughest BC3 opponent to date. Yejin Choi (Korea) was many peoples favorite going into the competition. Choi took the first 2 ends to take a 4-0 lead but McGowan played a superb 3rd end to take a 5-4 lead into the last. A disappointing final end for the Brit meant that Choi could take full advantage and deserved his passage into the semi final taking the final end 2-0 (6-5 overall).
The last 4 days of competition have now reduced the athletes down to the last 8 in each class:
After the shocks from yesterday it was time for the athletes to prove that they deserved to be in the knock out stages of the competition. The day started with the BC1 last 32 games and it’s difficult to look past the Korean athletes for the medals. Howon Jeong, Yejin Choi and Hansoo Kim all won their games and advance into the quarter finals. The GB athletes will be hoping that they can spoil the Korean party but the man with the best chance is Greg Polychronidis (Greece). He found himself 3-5 down going in to the last end but he showed his class and eventually beat Aleksander Legostaev (Russia) 6-5.
The final round of pool matches started at 9:15 today and there were last opportunities for many athletes to progress into the knock out stages of the competition. One athlete who was unable to progress was Marylou Martineau (Canada), however the loudest cheer of the morning was heard when she won her first point as an international athlete in her match against Lie Yuan Dong (China). The youngster was eventually defeated 2-7 but will no doubt remember her first taste of international competition for a long time to come.
Day 2 started with matches from the BC3 category and there was a fine display from Greg Polychronidis (Greece) who showed why he has been at the top of the rankings for so many years. He was an eventual 5 – 1 winner on court 2. Meanwhile over on court 8, Marilou Martineau (Canada) was competitng in only her second international match. The 15 year old was given a tough first round match against Armando Costa (Portugal) and was once again beaten by Sweden’s Maria Bjurstro. It has not been an easy start for the youngster but she more than held her own in the first 3 ends but the Swede’s experience was evident in the 4th and the game ended 10-0.
We take a quick look at the athletes to look out for at the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships next week. The players are undergoing their final preparations before they make the journey to Beijing for the season opener in the Chinese capital.
There are now only 7 days to go until the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships in Beijing. The provisional equipment check and classification schedule can be read below. If you have any concerns or questions email email@example.com.
Please note that this provisional schedule is subject to change.
There are now under 2 weeks to go until the best boccia players in the world take to the stage in Beijing. The BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships will provide the final opportunity for athletes to earn valuable world ranking points ahead of the Rio Paralympic Games. 137 athletes from 31 countries will compete across the 4 events for the 12 medals on offer.
Entries are now open for the BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open, Dubai. The event will host 80 competitors across the 4 classes from the 17th-24th May 2016. Entries will once again be through our online system and will close at 12:00 (GMT) on the 14th March.
Thank you to all our Members who made suggestions for improvements to the BISFed Competition System. The Competition Committee has now considered all the input and has prepared a draft proposal to discuss with members.
BISFed are delighted to announce that a third World Open event will take place in Dubai later this year. The event, hosted by the Dubai Club for the Disabled is scheduled to take place from the 17th – 24th May and completes the calendar of events for 2016.
The Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) has announced that the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil, will feature 12 sports, two more than the 2013 edition, with CP Football and sitting volleyball added to the sports programme.
The 12 sports for the event, which will take place between 20-25 March 2017, are: athletics, boccia, football 5-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and CP Football.