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.
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.
The BISFed Referees Committee have been working tirelessly to appoint referees for the 2016 World Opens. After a call was put out to members to nominate referees in December 2015, over 20 of our federations responded providing the committee with over 50 names to select from for each event.
Notice is hereby given that at the request of the Board of BISFed, an Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) will be held on Tuesday, 22 March at 19:30 hour at the conference room of China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities (No.321 Tianbei Road, Housahyu Town, Shunyi District, Beijing, China).
We are nearing the time when we can no longer receive Rule Change requests for the next quadrennial. Each request needs to be discussed by the Rules Committee and we also need to allow time for all our members to give any input. To ensure we have enough time to go through the process we need to receive all requests by March 31, 2016.
The BISFed Competition Committee have made a few minor adjustments to the BISFed World Rankings. These changes have had no affect on the slots that have been awarded for the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships but will have an effect on the seedings at the event.
Intention to compete entries are now open for the events in Povoa and Montreal later this year. Entries close on the 29th January. All federations have been notified by email with instructions, if anyone needs assistance contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The slots have been confirmed for the 2016 BISFed World Individual Championships. The Competition Committee have released the documents detailing those that will be at the competition in March. Federations have until 19th February to provide their final names for the competition.
The IPC announced their ‘Ones to Watch’ in the world of boccia today. Throughout January the IPC will be identifying athletes across all Paralympic sports in a bid to assist the public and media understand who has a chance of taking home the medals.
Allocated slots for the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships will be announced on the 9th January 2016. The Competition Committee will work on allocating the slots in accordance with the criteria set in the Competition System document. We ask all federations to be patient whilst the committee work hard to get this information to you.
All members have now received invitations for the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships. The event will take place in Beijing between 19th – 26th March. The deadline for federations to complete their intention to compete is midnight (GMT) on the 20th December.
During IPC General Assembly in Mexico City (November 14-15) David Hadfield – BISFed President and General Secretary Martin Lam, heard Romuald Schmidt’s report about “BOCCIA – Enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities and their environment through Paralympic sport” co-funded by Erasmus + Programme of the European Union implementation.
BISFed would like to clarify the International Paralympic Committee’s requirement regarding female quotas for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games before registration for the BISFed 2016 Individual World Championships begins. The BISFed 2016 Individual World Championships will be the last opportunity for athletes to earn points on the BISFed World Ranking List before March 30th 2016 which is the deadline for qualification for the Rio Paralympic Games.
The Making Boccia Accessible project made its way to Bloemfontein, the capital of Free State in South Africa last week. Participants were taught the basics and sent away with equipment to help encourage more people to get involved with Boccia.
Its the final day of competition in Cali, and so far we have seen some incredible results the team and pairs events. The schedule for todays finals can be downloaded HERE with live streaming available at http://www.inspirewebtv.co/ Results will be uploaded as soon as the event concludes, alternatively, follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with the action as it happens…
With the event quickly approaching the Competition Guide has been released by the organisers. Click on the link to download! – COMPETITION GUIDE
We’ve been sent some great photos from Kenya where the Making Boccia Accessible project was introduced back in March. The pictures show the game being introduced to a number of boccia ambassadors who will then take the game into their communities to help develop the game in Africa.
With the event just over a month away, the BISFed Competition Committee and the event Technical Delegate have now confirmed the entry slots for the BISFed 2015 World Open.
BISFed are pleased to announce 2 International Referees Courses to take place in late October. The BISFed Referees Committee are working hard to provide more opportunities for more national referees to graduate to international standard.
2014 was the first year of implementation of the European Union program “Erasmus + Sport”. 42 projects received grant-aid with grant-aid totaling over €8 million. Only 2 projects targeted “People with disabilities” . Among them was the “BOCCIA – Enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities and their environment through Paralympic sport Boccia” project that was prepared by Sports Rehabilitation Association START, Poznan, in close cooperation with Polish Boccia Federation.
139 entries were received for the BISFed 2015 World Open, Santiago de Cali, far exceeding the limit established by BISFed and the host. The BISFed Competition Committee had to work hard to find a balanced solution that combined the highest possible number of competitors in a competition schedule of 4 days using 9 courts whilst still applying the entry criteria: