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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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2015 Boccia Asia and Oceania Team and Pairs Championships

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.

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Updated BISFed Competition Manual

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.

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Specification and Testing of Boccia Balls

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.

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2016 Boccia World Individual Championships Announcement

BISFed is pleased to announce that the 2016 Boccia World Individual Championships will be held in Beijing, China between 18th and 26th March.

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Clarification of Rule 15.2

Hello all Boccia participants:

There have been several enquires asking if it is permitted to use a level to initially set up a ramp at the start of a match – before or during the warmup time. 

Is this allowed or not? 

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Introducing the new BC5 Profile

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.

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Murray wins Allianz Athlete of the Month for April

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.

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Argentina, Brazil and Canada finish top at the 2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships

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.

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International Referees Course – Poznan

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.

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2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championship – Day 3

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.

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2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships – Day 2

The results from day 2 of the championships can be downloaded HERE.

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2015 Boccia Americas Team and Pairs Championships – Day 1

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.

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Dispaltro Confident Ahead of 2015 Americas Team and Pairs Championships

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).

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Countdown to the second BISFed event of 2015

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.

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Making Boccia Accessible

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.

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