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USA Boccia President James Thomson steps down

USA Boccia President James Thomson steps down

James Thomson has stepped down from the role of President of USA Boccia at the end of 2020 and BISFed would like to thank him for all his hard work.

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To the Boccia Community,

Following the end of a difficult year for Boccia competition, as well as for every part of our lives, BISFed President David Hadfield reports on what has been achieved in 2020, where Boccia is at the moment, as well as developments ahead.

Please find the message here.

BISFed takes this opportunity to wish everyone a fresh and positive start to 2021, where we hope to return to competition and meet again!

BISFed Self Reflection for Coaches Webinar

BISFed held a Self-reflection for Coaches Webinar in October, organised by the BISFed Development Committee and delivered by Victoria Clark. The aim of the Webinar was to help coaches reflect on their coaching and provide some tools to support self-reflection.

Thanks to all those who attended and for those who could not manage, we are delighted to be able to share the webinar with you, please click here to view.

CNN Super Hero – YUEN-KEI HO

Watch here the CNN “Super Hero” documentary featuring Boccia athlete Ho Yuen-Kei. The CNN series hosted by CNN Sport presenter, Christina Macfarlane features the stories of five Paralympians from around the world. The other Paralympians are Ryley Batt (Australian Wheelchair Rugby), Monika Seryu (Japanese Para Canoe), Mpumi Mhlongo (South African Para Athletics) and Mallory Weggemann (American Para Swimming).

BISFed Classification for Coaches Webinar

BISFed held a Classification for Coaches Webinar in October and thanks all those who attended, as well as the BISFed Classification Committee for the time put into preparing and delivering the webinar.

The aim of the Webinar was to clarify the process and details of an athlete Classification. Please find links to the webinar in three sections:

Update on BISFed-sanctioned Competitions in 2021

The BISFed Board has been monitoring the global situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic very carefully since February, and has met in October to review the possibility of organising international boccia competitions during 2021.

In the light of continued uncertainty as to whether the virus can be or is being controlled around the world, and with the safety of boccia athletes as our primary concern, the Board has decided that the first three events scheduled for 2021 will be cancelled. The events which have been cancelled are:

  • BISFed 2021 Nantes Boccia Regional Open 23 February to 2 March (cancelled)
  • BISFed 2021 Cuenca Boccia Regional Open 21 march to 27 march (cancelled)
  • BISFed 2021 Zagreb Boccia Regional Open March 21 to March 28 (cancelled)

Planning for all the remaining sanctioned boccia events in 2021 (including the Paralympic Games) is continuing.

BISFed Approved Equipment Supplier – Ball Licensing

This is an open letter to all manufacturers of boccia balls, inviting applications to become a BISFed Approved Equipment Supplier

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Yuenkei talks about the Road to Tokyo

Speaking from Hong Kong, Boccia BC3 athlete Ho Yuen Kei talks about the Road to Tokyo and explains Boccia and the role of a BC3 Sport Assistant.


Podcast interview with David Smith & Tomas Martin

Check out this podcast interview with Welsh Boccia athletes David Smith and Tomas Martin. The interview is also a tribute to Boccia athlete Jacob Thomas, who passed away in August 2020.

Episode 4 of the #JusAsk podcast is delivered by the National Youth Board for Disability Sport Wales, led by and for young people to connect with differing inclusive sport matters.



IPC Podcast with Greg Polychronidis


The IPC has launched a new podcast series with Allianz, A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics and episode three, launched today, is with Boccia athlete Greg Polychronidis from Greece.

Access the podcast here.


BISFed regrets to have to announce the passing of UK great BC3 athlete, Jacob Thomas

Paralympic and former World number one athlete in the BC3 category, Jacob Thomas died peacefully over the weekend. BISFed sends our deepest condolence to his family particularly his dad and Assistant Mike, his mum Caroline and sister Polly.

Tributes have come in from around the world through social media to a player who retired just before t the Rio Paralympic Games in 2016. Teammate, Scott McCowan said “His name will always be associated with putting us on the world map once again! I have so many great memories with him and his Dad whether it be the incredible experience of London 2012, winning our first British major medal in so many years in Portugal, or winning the pairs silver medal together at the World Championships and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to share it with!.” Current BC3 World Champion and World Number 1, Grigoris Polychronidis described Jacob as his friend, a gentleman, and one of the greatest boccia players. Jacob, of course, was World Number One himself in the BC3 category in 2015/2016. Cheol Hyeon Kwon, former South Korea Head Coach; and coach/assistant to the current Paralympic Champion Howon Jeong said that the world had lost one of the greatest BC3 Athletes.

Jacob competed in the London Paralympic Games in 2012 finishing 11th in Individual and 5th in Pairs. He finished 2nd in Pair and 3rd in individual at the BISFed 2014 Being World Boccia Championships. He also won a countless number of medals at international competition throughout his career. UK Coach, Glynn Tromans said: “He was an absolute joy to coach because he and Mike were so full of ideas and innovations. He saw things on a boccia court that nobody else did and was so influential in the development of the BC3 game. He made friends wherever he went but his dedication; willingness to work hard; and drive for high attainment made him a ferocious and formidable opponent.”

BISFed’s President, David Hadfield said: “Jacob was a true inspiration to everyone who knew him. As a world-class athlete, he achieved so much. He showed us all what is possible through his determination, his dedication and his unfailingly cheerful personality. He will be sadly missed”

Paralympic movement documentary – Rising Phoenix

To all Boccia and Paralympic fans: we believe something very special about the Paralympic movement is coming our way. Don’t miss the Rising Phoenix on Netflix, this 26th August. Check out the trailer for a sneak peek. #RisingPhoenix @netflix @ htytstories

Live replay – BISFed 2018 World Championship Team BC1/BC2 Final

Don´t forget to tune in at 12:00 GMT today to the live replay of the Team BC1/BC2 Final of the 2018 BISFed Boccia World Championships, between Japan and Thailand.


This is the last live replay of these incredible World Championships. However, all finals can be watched again on the BISFed YouTube page.

BISFed 2018 Liverpool World Boccia Championships – Pair BC4 Final – Live Replay

Don´t forget to tune in at 12:00 GMT today to the live replay of the Pairs BC4 Final of the 2018 BISFed Boccia World Championships, between Slovakia and Thailand

BISFed 2018 Liverpool World Boccia Championships – Pair BC3 Final – Live Replay

Don´t forget to tune in at 12:00 GMT today to the live replay of the Pairs BC3 Final of the 2018 BISFed Boccia World Championships, between Australia and Greece.

Muscle strengthening around the scapula video & more


Video courtesy of Anita Maria Laszlo, member of the BISFed Development Committee and Emese Zagyi

The BISFed Development Committee has prepared one more video to help those working with Boccia athletes. This video shows several movements that will help strengthen the muscles around the scapula.

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LIVE replay – BC4 Final – BISFed 2018 World Championship Finals – 10th July – 12:00 GMT

Don´t forget to tune in at 12:00 GMT tomorrow (10th July) to the live replay of the Individual BC4 competition Final of the 2018 BISFed Boccia World Championships, between Yusansen Zheng from China and Euclides Grisales from Colombia.

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LIVE replay – BC3 Final – BISFed 2018 World Championship Finals – 3rd July – 12:00 GMT

Don´t forget to tune in at 12:00 GMT tomorrow (3rd July) to the live replay of the Individual BC3 competition Final of the 2018 BISFed Boccia World Championships, between Grigorios Polychronidis from Greece and Howon Jeong from Korea.

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LIVE replay – BC2 Final – BISFed 2018 World Championships – 26th June 12:00 GMT

Don´t forget to tune in at 12:00 GMT tomorrow (26th June) to the live replay of the Individual BC2 competition Final of the 2018 BISFed Boccia World Championships, between Worawut Saengampa from Thailand and Zhiqiang Yan from China.

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BISFed & Agitos Foundation project in India

With the support of the International Paralympic Committee’s Agitos Foundation, bp (the multinational oil and gas company), BISFed Member Boccia India and Reech Sports (a provider of sports related education programmes), BISFed has successfully concluded a development Boccia project in India.

The project’s goals were to:

  • Use BISFed’s Making Boccia Accessible and Coaching Level 1 courses to develop knowledge and expertise in boccia in India.
  • Capitalise on this new knowledge and expertise. The 13 course participants have so far delivered training sessions to over one hundred adults and children in schools and centres in Mumbai, Pune, Haryana, Punjab and Navi Mumbai.

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LIVE replay – BISFed 2018 World Championship Finals

BISFed is very excited to replay the extraordinary finals of the BISFed 2018 World Championships, which were held in Liverpool, England in August 2018. In these times, when athletes are unable to compete and fans are unable to enjoy the Game, nothing better than seeing some of our top athletes at their best!

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BISFed Referee Committee news

There have been some recent changes to BISFed’s Referee Committee. Here is the news:

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Boccia Legend Dirceu Pinto passes away

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.

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Corona Virus Update: 2020 BISFed-Sanctioned Competitions

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.

Corona Virus Update: BISFed-Sanctioned Competitions 2020

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.)

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Cancellation – BISFed 2020 Zagreb Boccia Regional Open

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.

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Update on BISFed Competition Calendar 2020 regarding Covid19

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.

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Tokyo 2020 Boccia Test Event

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.

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Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games Test Event 28 February 2020

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.

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Sad loss for Boccia – Mr. Edmund Minas

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.

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BISFed 2019 Dubai Boccia Regional Open

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!

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Happy holidays!

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2019 BISFed Annual Report

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.

Fazza BISFed 2019 Dubai Boccia Regional Open – Livestreaming

Watch Fazza BISFed 2019 Dubai Boccia Regional Open Action here:

Dubai Club for People of Determination Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCij8n4lB4hvULrB_Rg5T3ng

Tokyo 2020 – Magnificent Boccia competition venue

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.

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2019 BISFed General Assembly and workshop


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.

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Exciting & Sustainable – BISFed 2019 Povoa Boccia World Open

The last World Open of the 2019 season was a crucial competition for those vying for Tokyo 2020 qualification.

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A taste of the BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open

LIVE STREAMING – BISFed 2019 Povoa Boccia World Open

All live streams can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/c/BISFED2019Povoa

BISFed 2019 Povoa Boccia World Open Opening Ceremony


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.

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Opening ceremony & competition live stream: BISFed 2019 São Paulo Boccia America Regional Championships

Opening Ceremony

Competition – Court 1

Paralympic slots – BISFed 2019 São Paulo Boccia America Regional Championships

The BISFed 2019 São Paulo Boccia America Regional Championships competitions are about to start!

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Incredible results for GB – BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open

The BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open has come to a close after 4 days of competition.

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Live streaming – BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open

BISFed 2019 Nymburk Boccia Regional Open

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.

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Road to Tokyo 2020 – BISFed 2019 Seville Boccia European Regional Championships

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.

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BISFed 2019 Seville Boccia European Regional Championships – Live Streaming

Watch BISFed 2019 Seville Boccia European Regional Championships action on Court 4 here:


Technical Process Video

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/

Boccia Youth competitions – entry opportunities available

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:

General Info_CPISRA Development Games Portimão 2019_Boccia

Boccia Youth and Skills Event Rules

CPISRA Dev. Games, Portimão 2019_Entry Form

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