Exceptional response to the 2015 Boccia World Open, Poznan

Exceptional response to the 2015 Boccia World Open, Poznan

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.

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BISFed visit Rio…

BISFed President David Hadfield and Vice President Joaquim Viegas visited Rio de Janeiro this week for progress meetings on preparation for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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The New BISFed Organisation Structure announced…

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.

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BISFed World Open – Poznan

The first entry for the 2015 Boccia World Open in Poznan is now open. All forms are attached and the first entry deadline is the 13th February.

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Pinto hopes boccia gold at TO2015 will lead to Rio 2016 success

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.

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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 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.



Announcing the BISFed Standard Boccia Ball

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.

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New Year Message from the BISFed President

I trust you all enjoyed your boccia in 2014 as much as I did watching some fantastic competition – whether this was live at the World Championships in Beijing, or on-line at one of the World Open events..

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Azerbaijan host their first National Championships

Having recently become members, Azerbaijan hosted their first ever boccia National Championships on Saturday 6th December, in Baku.

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Rio 2016 Mascots Unveiled

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 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.

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Bids now being invited to host 2016 Boccia events

We are now welcoming bids from our members for our 2016 Boccia events. The 2015 calendar has been filled with 7 events and a further 4 are scheduled to take place in 2016.

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IPC’s Top 50 Moments of 2014

The countdown to the new year has begun!

Over the next 50 days the IPC will be revealing one moment each day up to the 31st December to celebrate another fantastic year for Paralympic sport.

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Vote LEUNG YUK WING for Allianz Athlete of the Month!!!

September was another huge month of para-sport with four world and one European Championships taking place.

After some incredible performances across the board, the public now has the chance to vote for the Allianz Athlete of the Month for September 2014.

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General Assembly Highlights…

Following the success of the 2014 Boccia World Championships in Beijing, BISFed held its first General Assembly meeting on Sunday 28th September, also in Beijing. 30 of BISFed’s 51 Member nations attended the General Assembly.

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2014 BISFed World Championships Results – Individual

On a dramatic finals day there were plenty of shocks to keep the crowds guessing as to who was going to collect the final medals. Marco Dispaltro was unable to beat his nemesis Eliseu Santos in the semi final of the BC4 competition. Santos went on to collect the Silver medal against Yuk Wing of Hong Kong in the final who played fantastically well all week. Hyeonseok Seo of Korea collected the bronze after beating Dispaltro 6-2 in the play off game.

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2014 BISFed World Championships Results – Team & Pair

The teams and pairs results are in and the medals have been decided in the team and pairs competitions in Beijing..

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BISFed World Championships Live Streaming

Streaming is available directly from the competition hall in Beijing. Those wanting to watch the Boccia need to access the official competition website being managed by our hosts:

Click on the date at the top of the page and enjoy!

BISFed World Championships Technical Handbook

Organisers have now published the Technical Handbook for the 2014 BISFed World Championships. The handbook contains all the important information for the upcoming championships and can be downloaded below:-

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The USA Team Prepare in New York

The Boccia USA National team travelled to Long Island for a training camp ahead of the 2014 BISFed World Championships. The team heads to China full of confidence with Austin Hanson (BC3) ranked 4th in the world and their BC1/BC2 team ranked 14th.

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2014 BISFed General Assembly Documents Released

All the documents for the 2014 BISFed General Assembly have been released. Federations now have 4 weeks to review the motions, nominations and agenda ahead of the meeting on the 28th September.

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GB’s Nigel Murry making waves in the British Press

The BBC have published a piece on Nigel Murray, the world number 5,  during his preparations for the BISFed World Championships. Murray is keen to build on his success from the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and feels that a medal is well within reach.

Murry forms part of a 10 person squad for Great Britain who will be looking to add to the 9 World Open medals won already this year in Montreal and Povoa. The British team have it far from their own way in China. Strong teams from Brazil, Canada, Argentina, Thailand and Korea among others all have a chance to take home gold.

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World Championships Referees and Classifiers

The names of the officials, classifiers and referees have been announced by the organisers of the 2014 BISFed World Championships.

Technical Officials for BISFed World Championships

2014 BISFed World Championships

This is the list of athletes participating in the Boccia World Championships in Beijing. Each Country will receive a form shortly to nominate thier athletes for the Individual competition. The rest of the field will be completed by the highest ranked athletes not already selected.

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BISFed World Championships Logo Revealed…

The logo for the forthcoming BISFed World Championships has been revealed 40 days ahead of the tournament. The competition kicks off on the 19th September and will pay host to over 180 athletes from 30 federations. The competition will crown 7 new world champions across the 9 days of competition.

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1 year until 2015 Parapan Am Games!!!

It has been a week of countdowns in the world of Paralympic sport. Today marks ‘one year to go’ until the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Americas Paralympic Committee President Jose Luis Campo believes they can have a similar impact in Canada as the London 2012 Paralympic Games had on Great Britain.

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Countdown to BISFed World Championships

The 2014 BISFed World Championships is a little over a month away and preparations are almost complete and ready to welcome over 180 athletes from 30 federations from around the World. This will be the largest Boccia competition ever held and marks a significant point in BISFeds journey. Not only will it be a chance for athletes to compete  against each other for the right to be crowned World Champion but over 40 delegates from 30 federations will embark on the Chinese capital for the first BISFed General Assembly to discuss a host of important issues.

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Rio 2016 launches the Look of the Games

With 2 years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games the Look of the Games has been reveiled.

  • The inspirations for Rio 2016 scenario were Brazil, Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro
  • The Look of the Games is created by Rio 2016 design and brand management team

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International Paralympic Committee Awards Agitos Foundation Grant to BISFed

The IPC has announced the 2014 recipients of grants from its development arm, the Agitos Foundation. BISFed has been successful in its application for grant funding for the second year:

The 2014 grant will be spent on designing and implementing on-line education tools for training Referees and Classifiers which in turn will support the growth of our sport. Working with our technology partner, Sport80, design and development work will start in October 2014 and we expect to be able to launch the new on-line tools during 2015.

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General Assembly Update

The deadline for the general assembly has now been extended. Members will now have until Thursday 31st July to submit their delegates entry and their federations motions and nominations. The general assembly is an invaluable opportunity for members to have their say and express the issues that affect them in the world of Boccia.

The assembly is being held after the BISFed World Championships in Beijing on Sunday 28th September and delegates will have the opportunity to attend a sight seeing tour on Monday 29th September.

We urge all federations to ensure they send one of their delegates to the assembly to ensure they can see how BISFed want to work together with its members to build a better Boccia for everyone.

BISFed World Championships News

BISFed President, David Hadfield and Board Member Martin Lam visited Beijing on 3 & 4 July to review the preparations for the 2014 Boccia World Championships.

They held several meetings with the Local Organising Committee and visited the Competition Venue and accommodation. The photograph shows Martin Lam, Mr Li (Director General, China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities), David Hadfield, and Mr Qi (Deputy Director, CASPD).

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Rule Change Announcement

Notice to all BISFed Members:

On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can determine more accurately the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort. This announcement was as a result of a trend over recent years towards players using balls which have a greater circumference than allowed in the Boccia Rules (i.e. greater than the maximum of 278mm.) Such balls are often so soft that they cannot properly be described as ‘balls’ because they deform so much when they are thrown, thereby giving the thrower an unfair advantage. However, because these balls are so soft, they are able to pass the existing circumference test under Rule 2.1.

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2014 BISFed General Assembly

Information has been sent to all federations detailing the requirements for the first BISFed General Assembly. The General Assembly registration process will be managed by the Sport:80 Sports Management System and all federations will be able to log in and complete their registration and pay for the event online. Keep an eye on inboxes as a username and password will be sent directly to the primary email address in our records. General Assembly documents can be downloaded below along with all job descriptions for the elected positions.

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Athlete to Staff ratios for the BISFed World Championships

The competitor to staff ratio is 1:1. Each Pair or Team category are allowed to enter 1 coach/manager and each total delegation can bring one member of medical staff. For example, a country with 7 athletes competing with 1 Team and 1 Pair BC3 means that the maximum number of staff allowed is 10.

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World Open Results – Montreal

The results for the BISFed World Open in Montreal can be downloaded below.


BISFed World Open Results – Montreal

Online Forum is HERE!

The online forum function is now live! We have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officials or supporters of boccia.

Whether its having a discussion with other players about the recent rule change announcement; suggestions as to what you want from us or discussing your latest training methods with others, we want everyone to log in and get involved.

Visit the FORUM now and sign up!

Online Forum Coming Soon…

Here at BISFed we have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officiates or supports boccia. We are currently in the process of incorporating an online forum to our website. Here we want you, the people who love the game, to share your thoughts and let us know exactly how you think we can continue to improve.

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How does Boccia benefit athletes?

Boccia is a strategic target sport requiring skill, accuracy, mental toughness and an ability to think clearly and execute tough shots when under pressure. By developing the technical skills required to play boccia, a player will develop their movement skills. A player can apply the improvement in the movement skills to enhance their functional ability and remain active for longer.

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BISFed World Championships 2014 – UPDATE

Invitations for 2014 Boccia World Championships

Invitations to those who have qualified for the 2014 Boccia World Championships have now all been sent. We are currently waiting to hear back from those who have been asked to fill the remaining spaces and will make a further announcement on April 15th.

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Rule Change Announcement

On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can more accurately determine the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort.

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23 Days until Montreal pay host to the first BISFed event of 2014

With just 23 days to go until the first BISFed event of 2014 excitement is mounting. The Maurice-Richard Arena will host athletes from around the world and give competitors their first opportunity of 2014 to earn valuable world ranking points. The 4 day competition has attracted 76 athletes from 14 different countries and will start on 1st May.

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Making Boccia Accessible

After receiving funding from the AGITOS Foundation and further support from Hogan Lovells and UKSport, the Making Boccia Accessible Project has ensured the project can now be expanded to ensure more sets reach beneficiaries in more countries.

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Welcome to BISFed’s new website…

Welcome to BISFed’s new website, the first of many changes to come as a direct result of our relationship with Sport:80. We hope you like it and enjoy using it. We welcome your feedback on Twitter and Facebook or by email: Use the Twitter and Facebook links to post your comments.

Annual Review for BISFed Membership…

BISFed President, David Hadfield, presents a review of our first year. Additionally David sets the federation’s sights on our targets for 2104. Please read the review here – 2013 Review for BISFed Members

BISFed become first international federation client of Sport:80…

Sport:80 has signed an agreement with BISFed, the new IPC-recognised federation that governs the Paralympic sport of Boccia, to build and maintain a bespoke membership management and events system.


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BISFed Membership of IPC Approved…

BISFed was accepted as a full member of the IPC at the General Assembly meeting in Athens on 23rd November 2013.  The photo shows IPC President Sir Philip Craven handing the Certificate to BISFed President David Hadfield.

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BISFed – 100 days on

It is nearly 100 days since BISFed was formed, and a lot of work has been done – some of it behind the scenes, so we thought it would be interesting and useful to summarise our progress to date:

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2013 Asia and Oceania Championship Awarded

BISFed is pleased to announce that the 2103 Asia and Oceania Championship has been awarded to Australia and will be held in Sydney from 17th – 26th October 2013

CPISRA General Assembly Meeting

In an historic vote at CPISRA’s biennial General Assembly meeting, members voted unanimously to endorse the creation of a new governing body for Boccia.

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London 2012

In the words of the IPC President, Sir Philip Craven, the London 2012 games were the best Paralympic Games ever. And so it proved for Boccia which consistently attracted the biggest ever crowds, anxious to see the game being played at the highest level of skill

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Membership Applications now open…

Applications for membership of BISFed are now open, and you are invited to apply using the link below. BISFed will have three classes of membership as follows:

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