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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
There are 2 days to go until teams start arriving for the 2015 Boccia Asia and Oceania Team and Pairs Championships. 69 athletes from 10 countries across the region will be competing for the 9 medals available.
The BISFed Competition Committee have been working hard to improve the BISFed Competition Manual to ensure competition organisers are able to manage events fairly and consistently around the world. The manual now also has an ‘updates’ page to ensure readers can quickly see any alterations that have been made.
BISFed is pleased to announce that, following the resolution at the 2014 General Assembly that we should establish a clear specification for the manufacture and testing of boccia balls for use in BISFed-sanctioned competitions, we have appointed Loughborough University to carry out an independent research project and to make recommendations to the Board.
BISFed is pleased to announce that the 2016 Boccia World Individual Championships will be held in Beijing, China between 18th and 26th March.
BISFed is pleased to publish the profile of a new BC5 Classification. The BC5 Classification has been developed for those players whose impairments are not severe enough to allow them to play in the BC2 or BC4 Classification.
Nigel Murray’s strong performance at the 2015 Boccia European Continental Cup helped him gather enough votes to be named April’s Allianz Athlete of the Month.
To no surprise, Brazil and Canada continued their display of strong form, picking up medals at the 2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships, which concluded on Sunday.
Before the 2015 Boccia World Open in Poznan commences at the end of June the organisers are hosting an International Referees Course. Pedro Fernandes will instruct the course on behalf of BISFed between 14th-22nd June.
The final results are in from the 2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships. Argentina took gold in the BC1/BC2 Team competition with Brazil and Canada taking home gold in the BC3 and BC4 competitions respectively.
Day 1 of the competition in Montreal saw some surprise results. Most notable the hosts losing 5-1 to the Colombian team in the BC4 Pairs competition. The standout performers of the competition so far are the Brazilian team who are yet to lose a game across the 3 events.
Canada’s Marco Dispaltro does not doubt his team’s success when the 2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships arrive to his home nation on Wednesday (29 April).
There are now only 9 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 2015 Boccia Team and Pairs Championships. The athletes will parade at the Maurice-Richard Arena ahead of the opening games on Thursday 30th April.
Fifteen delegates from seven countries attended the launch of BISFed’s ‘Making Boccia Accessible’ project in Johannesburg, South Africa on 28th March.
The project’s aim is to bring boccia to parts of the world where it is not yet played or is under-represented, and has been sponsored by the IPC’s Agitos Foundation, UK Sport and Hogan Lovells.
The first BISFed competition of 2015 drew to a close yesterday and 7 European Boccia Champions were crowned. Competitors from across Europe gathered in Catalonia to compete for the medals over 4 days of competition.
BISFed President David Hadfield and Head of Classification Elsa Matthee will be at the Hope School for physically disabled learners in Johannesburg on Saturday 28th March to launch a worldwide initiative to grow and develop boccia.
Entries have now been opened for federations to submit their first entries for the 2015 Boccia World Open in Seoul. The event will take place between 18th to 24th July at the SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium and will hopefully see over 100 athletes participate to earn valuable world ranking points towards the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The response from federations wanting to participate in the first Boccia World Open of 2015 has been exceptional. The event, due to be held in Poznan from the 17th-22nd June received entry forms from 29 federations by the entry deadline.
At the General Assembly in September 2014, BISFed announced that it would redesign the organisation structure enable to Federation to focus on the most important areas of work and to spread the workload more evenly.
Brazil’s four-time Paralympic boccia champion Direcu Jose Pinto has set his sights on winning gold at August’s Parapan American Games to underline his credentials as the man to beat at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
We are asking all of our members to give us information about referees, classifiers and officials ahead of our busy 2015 competition schedule.
Our Referees Committee is working with our event hosts to allocate referees for our competitions. Members in Europe have been asked to email their nominations to the head of the committee Helana Bastos before the 28th January. Anyone who is having problems, or who hasn’t received the email from Helana should contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately for help.
Separate to this we are gathering information on all our members as we aim to develop a full database of athletes, officials, coaches, referees and classifiers. We ask all our members to cooperate and help us achieve this as we continue to professionalise boccia.
As part of BISFed’s ‘Making Boccia Accessible’ project, we have entered into an agreement with Handi Life Sports to manufacture and supply sets of ‘BISFed Standard Boccia Balls.’ These high quality boccia balls represent excellent value for money and will be available exclusively to BISFed Members. Each set contains six red, six blue and one white jack ball, all branded with the BISFed logo and contained in a strong canvas bag.
Having recently become members, Azerbaijan hosted their first ever boccia National Championships on Saturday 6th December, in Baku.
The mascots for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have been unveiled this week.The mascots, yet to be named, were joined by mascots from previous games as they were unveiled. Fans can help chose their names by voting online at www.rio2016.com/mascots. The choices are Oba and Eba, Tiba Turque and Esquindim or Vinicius and Tom with the winning names set to be announced on the 14th December.