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Less than 2 weeks to go until the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships!!!

Less than 2 weeks to go until the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships!!!

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.

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Entries Open – BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open, Dubai

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.

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BISFed Competition Summary 2017-2020

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.

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BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open, Dubai

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.

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Boccia on the programme for the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games

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.

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2016 International Referees Announced

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.

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BISFed 2016 Extraordinary General Assembly

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).

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Rule Change Requests

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.

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World Rankings

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.

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BISFed 2016 World Opens

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 admin@bisfed.com.

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BISFED 2016 World Individual Championships Slots Confirmed

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.

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IPC ‘Ones to Watch’ in 2016

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.

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BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships

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.

Rio 2016 Flooring REVEALED!

The Rio 2016 organisers have confirmed the flooring that will be used in the Carioca 2 stadium next September.

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BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships Invitations

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.

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Erasmus Project

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.

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Rio 2016: Female Athlete Quota

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.

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Making Boccia Accessible – South Africa

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.

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2015 BISFed World Open – Results

The results from the individual competition in Santiago de Cali can be viewed here…

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Individual Finals Day in Cali

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…

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Cali Prepares!

Preparations are underway in Santiago de Cali for the final BISFed competition of 2015. Teams have been arriving all week and play starts tomorrow.

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BISFed 2015 World Open, Santiago de Cali – Competition Guide

With the event quickly approaching the Competition Guide has been released by the organisers. Click on the link to download! – COMPETITION GUIDE

Making Boccia Accessible kick starts in Kenya!

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.

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Entry Slots Confirmed – BISFed 2015 World Open, Santiago de Cali

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.

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2 International Referees Courses

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.

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Polish Boccia initiative to get more people active!

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.

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Entries Open!!!

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:

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Two BISFed World Opens Announced

After recently unveiling Beijing as the location for BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships we would now like to announce the locations of 2 BISFed World Opens that will take part in 2016.

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Referees selected for BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships and Rio Paralympic Games

The BISFed referees committee have nominated the referees for 2 of the biggest competitions in the BISFed calendar. Referees for both the BISFed 2016 World Individual Championships and Rio Paralympic Games have received their invitation letters this past week.

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2015 Rankings Updated!

The BISFed World Rankings have been updated following the results of the final regional competition of 2015 in Toronto. The rankings include points earned during the last 2 years and there are now only two more opportunities to earn ranking points ahead of the Rio Paralympic Games.

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Rule Change Requests

Hello fellow Boccia enthusiasts!  The BISFed Rules Committee has the goal of ensuring that ALL the Boccia Rules are fair and equitable for ALL Boccia participants.

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GB, Belgium and Slovakia claim automatic slots to Rio!

3 more entry slots have been filled after 2 intense days of competition in Surrey, Great Britain. The nations have guaranteed their place at the games as well as secure themselves the title of European Champions.

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LIVE STREAM – 2015 Boccia European Team and Pairs Championships

Watch the 2015 Boccia European Team and Pairs Championships HERE!

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Schedule for the 2015 Boccia European Team and Pairs Championships Released

The 2015 Boccia European Team and Pairs Championships, part of UK Sport’s #EveryRoadtoRio, will take place on July 25th and 26th at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. The top eight ranked European nations in the BC1/BC2 Team, BC3 Pair and BC4 Pair have qualified for the Championships and the winners of each event will receive a direct qualification slot for Rio 2016.

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Entries now OPEN for the 2015 Boccia World Open, Cali

Federations can now log in to their Sport:80 account to register their intention to compete at the 2015 Boccia Word Open, Cali.

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Further information on entry criteria for the 2015 Boccia World Open in Santiago de Cali, Colombia

After confirming the 2015 Boccia World Open in Cali last week we can now confirm the criteria that will be used to allocate the available slots. The event, to be held from the 28 October 2015 to 3 November 2015 will open for entries next week.

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2015 Boccia European Team and Pairs Championships Competition Guide

The competition guide has been released for the 2015 Boccia European Team and Pairs Championships in Surrey. The winners in each classification will gain automatic qualification to the Paralympic Games in Rio. The automatic qualification slots have ensured that teams have been at their competitive best during the competitions so far this year.

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Boccia governance under new leadership in the US

BlazeSports America is pleased to announce USA Boccia as the non-profit organization that will now serve as both the High Performance Management Organization for the sport of boccia in the US and the US Member of the Boccia International Sport Federation.

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2015 Boccia World Open, Seoul

The documents have now been released for the 2015 Boccia World Open in Seoul. The organisers are preparing for their first international competition and expect 76 athletes from 14 countries. The competition website (www.2015bwos.com) will have all the latest news, results and updates as soon as they become available.

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2015 Boccia World Open, Santiago de Cali

BISFed is pleased to announce that the final competition of 2015, a World Open Championships, will be hosted by Colombia in the city of Santiago de Cali from 28 October to 3rd November 2015.

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Domingos Vieira nominated for Allianz Athlete of the Month

Five para-athletes have been shortlisted for the Allianz Athlete of the Month poll for June 2015, and the public are now invited to vote for their winner via http://www.paralympic.org. Portuguese boccia player Domingos Vieira is hopeful that he will be able to claim yet another award to add to his 2 gold medals from Poznan before his attention turns to the 2015 European Team and Pairs Championships in Great Britain.

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2015 Boccia World Open, Poznan – REPORT

The 2015 Boccia World Open in Poznan drew to a close yesterday. The competition hosted many of the best athletes from across the globe and with the standard of play as high as it was, the competition could have been mistaken for a World Championships.

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Competition Committee Update

Please find attached the note from the BISFed Competition Committee with regards to the updated Competition System. The committee will be communicating with all members shortly to see how the system can be adapted and improved for the forthcoming quadrennial. A short survey will be devised to ensure our research can be conducted in a measured and controlled way to enable us to clearly identify the improvements that need to be made.

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BISFed Announcement

We are very sorry to announce that Mei Shan Wong, the BC4 athlete representing Macau, passed away unexpectedly yesterday. Mei had competed in the Asia and Oceania Regional Team and Pairs Championships in Hong Kong only last weekend.

The tragedy happen during the 2015 Boccia World Open in Poznan, who held a moments silence before todays matches.

We send our deepest condolences to Wongs’ family and to NPC Macau.

Soutanes eyes Gold in Poznan

Greece’s Panagiotis Soulanis pulled one of the biggest shocks in the European Continental Cup in April. Now, Soulanis can prove that was no fluke when he takes part in the 2015 Boccia World Open, which begins Wednesday (17 June) in Poznan, Poland. Ranked No. 9 in the world in the BC1 category, Soulanis upset No. 1 David Smith of Great Britain in the European Cup semifinals, and went on to win gold. But Soulanis is careful not to let that victory get to his head.

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2015 Boccia World Open in Poznan – Schedule

The largest Boccia World Open to date begins in Poznan today. The draw has been released and games are scheduled to begin at 14:00 (13:00 UK time).

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2015 Boccia Asia and Oceania Team and Pairs Championships – REPORT

There was an incredible amount of talent on show this weekend as teams from across Asia and Oceania battled for the honour of becoming regional champions. If the World Championships were to give us an indication of what to expect then Thailand, Korea and Hong Kong were all going to take home the gold medals in the teams, BC3 and BC4 events respectively but unfortunately it didn’t all go to plan for the hosts.

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Documents Released for 2015 Boccia World Open, Poznan

The Polish Boccia Federation have released the Competition Information document that includes all the necessary information ahead of the 2015 Boccia World Open in Poznan.

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BISFed President visits Macau

It has been a busy few days for the BISFed President. Today David Hadfield has been to Macau with BISFed Board Member and Secretary General and Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled General Secretary General, Martin Lam to visit Mr Antonio Fernandes, Chairman, from the Macau Paralympic Committee and a number of Macau Boccia athletes.

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2015 Boccia Asia and Oceania Team and Pairs Championships Press Conference

A press conference has just been held in Hong Kong ahead of the 2015 Boccia Asia and Oceania Boccia Team and Pairs Championships at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. The venue is also the training venue for the hosts and delegates attending the conference had the opportunity to meet the Hong Kong Boccia Squad and to were able to announce the organization of the Championships by the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (HKPC&SAPD).

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