There have been some recent changes to BISFed’s Referee Committee. Here is the news:
The World of Boccia has lost a legend of the sport – BC4 athlete Dirceu Pinto from Brazil. He sadly passed away on the 1st of April, from heart problems.
To all in the Boccia World:
Please find here a message from BISFed President David Hadfield regarding a decision by the BISFed Board concerning 2020 BISFed sanctioned competitions.
We will communicate any further relevant information as and when it emerges.
This is possibly the most testing time any of us has experienced and sport is as badly affected by the Corona virus as any other industry.
We are of course aware that the worldwide boccia family is concerned to know what will happen next; there are so many unanswered questions about what the future holds. BISFed monitors the best available advice daily with a view to making sensible fact-based decisions on future events. The safety of athletes. Technical Officials and spectators remains our number one priority. (So, for example, we were able to find a good solution for the Paralympic Games Test Event, using volunteers from the Tokyo 2020 team to play boccia in a closed environment, rather than boccia athletes. This allowed us to test many more possible scenarios than would have been possible in a real competition, and to that extent, we learned much more than we had expected.)
The Croatian government has today (Friday March 13th) officially communicated its decision to postpone all sporting events in the Republic of Croatia until further notice as a measure to control the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
To all in the Boccia World:
You will be very aware of the concerns surrounding the outbreak of the Covid19 virus and the potential effect this is having on sporting events around the world. This message is to update you on the situation as regards the BISFed calendar for 2020 and the Paralympic Games.
Creative Tokyo 2020 staff help BISFed stage successful boccia Paralympic Games test event
Staff from Tokyo 2020 have stepped in to help deliver an important boccia test event for the Paralympic Games, after the coronavirus threatened to disrupt the preparations.
Tokyo 2020 and BISFed, the International Sports Federation which governs the Paralympic sport of boccia, had planned a Paralympic Games test event around a national boccia competition. The event is usually held in Japan during the first quarter of each year and was to have involved both local and international boccia athletes. However, because of Japanese Government guidance on the coronavirus, the decision was taken to postpone the boccia competition involving the athletes.
In order to test the Games-time environment for the boccia competition during the Paralympic Games, BISFed and Tokyo 2020 had planned to use the Japan Para Championships hosted by the Japan Para Sports Association (JPSA) to carry out the necessary tests.
BISFed is very sad to inform the Boccia family of the passing away of Mr. Edmund Minas, Boccia head coach of the German National team. He passed away on the 9th December at the age of 67, after a serious illness.
The BISFed 2019 Dubai Boccia Regional Open came to an end as the last competition in BISFed´s 2019 competition calendar. The competition had great results for Korea, topping the medal tally with 8 medals – 4 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze. Indonesia also did well with 6 medals – 3 Silver and 3 Bronze. This was an even more incredible feat for Indonesia as these were their first medals in BISFed competitions after creating their National team for the 2018 Asian Para Games just over a year ago. Congratulations!
As we come to the end of a great year of Boccia competition, BISFed President David Hadfield reports on what has happened in 2019, where Boccia is at the moment, as well as developments ahead.
Dubai Club for People of Determination Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCij8n4lB4hvULrB_Rg5T3ng
BISFed President – Mr. David Hadfield – and BISFed Technical Delegate for the Tokyo 2020 Boccia competition – Ms. Cannie Leung – have completed their 5th inspection visit to Tokyo, meeting with several functional areas of the organizing committee and visiting the Competition venue – Ariake Gymnastics centre.
BISFed has successfully held it´s 2019 General Assembly on the 4th of November in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal. 30 BISFed members were represented by 45 delegates from all over the world.
The last World Open of the 2019 season was a crucial competition for those vying for Tokyo 2020 qualification.
All live streams can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/BISFED2019Povoa
The 2019 Povoa Boccia World Open competition starts today, with many of the Worlds top Boccia athletes in attendance. The Opening Ceremony was held yesterday and can be followed below.
Competition – Court 1
The BISFed 2019 São Paulo Boccia America Regional Championships competitions are about to start!
The BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open has come to a close after 4 days of competition.
Preparations are underway for the beginning of the BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open. The organizing Committee has set the stage; athletes are warming up; Classifiers are classifying athletes into their respective sport categories and Referees are running equipment checks and preparing for matches to start.
The results are in for the Individual competitions of the BISFed 2019 Seville Boccia European Regional Championships – a qualification tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
The last day of Individual competition has been exciting, with favourites Grigorios Polychronidis (GRE) and David Smith (GBR) coming out on top in BC3 and BC1 respectively, and fifth ranked Samuel Andrejcik (SVK) and second ranked Abilio Valente (POR) winning the BC4 and BC2 finals respectively.
Congratulations to all finalists!
BC3 athlete Grigorios Polychronidis (GRE) guarantees a slot for Greece in the individual BC3 competition of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
BISFed’s Technical Process video provides (watch here) information regarding the key components that impact on the execution of a shot
It has been designed and developed to support coaches with their observation and analysis during the technical process. It is the third in a series of videos to underpin learning within Boccia, please click on the links below to view previous videos
Terminology video and Methods of propulsion http://www.bisfed.com/videos/
Grassroots level is the basis for growth and development of every sport. For this reason, BISFed is happy to see the increase in the number of competitions available for our young athletes.
Portugal will host a multi-sport development games in Portimão between the 3rd and 7th of October. BISFed members are welcome to enter athletes. Find details here:
Video courtesy of the Korean Boccia Federation
BC4 pairs final between Hong Kong and Thailand – Final check before going to the Tie-break where Honk Kong came out on top and guaranteed a slot for the BC4 pairs competition of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Athletes are preparing for the start of the BISFed 2019 Olbia Boccia Regional Open!
After five days of competition, with some of the best Boccia athletes in the world competing against each other, the BISFed 2019 Hong Kong Boccia World Open comes to an end. BISFed congratulates all athletes and the organisers for putting on a top class event. Enjoy the highlights!
The world’s top boccia players converged on the Maurice-Richard Arena for the BISFed 2019 Montreal Boccia World Open, with close to 100 athletes from 20 countries vying for crucial World Ranking points which could get them to Tokyo. For athletes from the Americas it was especially important as it was the first big event of the year.
Find out all information about the BISFed 2019 Hong Kong Boccia World Open here:
Watch the Open Ceremony today at 8.20 (Hong Kong Local Time), and all Live Action on Court 1 / Court 2 here:
Find out all the information about BISFed 2019 Montreal Boccia World Open here:
BISFed held an International Referee course as well as a Basic Classifier course in Guangzhou, China before the BISFed 2019 Guangzhou Boccia Regional Open.
The BISFed 2019 Zagreb Boccia Regional Open has come to an end and BISFed would like to thank the athletes, organizers and officials for giving their best.
This was the first BISFed Sanctioned Boccia event Organised by the Disabled Croatian Boccia Association. The competition hosted 85 athletes from 18 Countries. Here are some highlights of the competition:
The BISFed 2019 Guangzhou Boccia Regional Open has come to an end. Find detailed results of the Teams and Pairs competitions here and images of our medallists below.
Congratulations to the organizers for putting on a high level event and to all athletes and officials. Great start to the 2019 season!
Pairs BC3 – 1st Chinese Taipei / 2nd Singapore / 3rd China
BC3 final match – Yuen Kei Ho (Hong Kong) vs Masayuki Arita (Japan)
The first BISFed individual competitions of 2019 have come to an end in Guangzhou.
One of the special things about a BISFed Boccia competition is that men and women compete against each other on equal terms. There were 5 female and 11 male athletes amongst the 16 finalists, competing for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rankings in each category.
Find here the list of Final matches of the individual competitions at the BISFed 2019 Guangzhou Boccia Regional Open on the 27th March 2019
It was a close semi-final BC2 match between Chee Hoong Lee from Malaysia, ranked 7th in the competition and 38th in the world and Hiu Lam Yeung from Hong Kong, ranked 3rd in the competition and 9th in the World.
Find out all the information about BISFed 2019 Zagreb Boccia Regional Open here:
As the first competition of 2019 is fast approaching, check out all the information here:
Female quotas at BISFed-sanctioned boccia Competitions
In September 2017, BISFed indicated the following: “The female quota will not apply to Regional Opens in 2018, 2019 and 2020; however, participating countries are encouraged to consider including more females at Regional Opens. In addition, females who are entered in BISFed-sanctioned competitions from 2019 will be required to play in a minimum number of ends per match. The precise requirements will be announced in due course.”