After a wide-ranging open recruitment process, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has appointed a new independent Board of Appeal of Classification (BAC). The 14-member panel report to the independent chair of the BAC, who is Fred Jansen of the Netherlands.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing has revealed new dates and locations for a series of regional and World Cup competitions that were postponed in 2020.
All four competitions are qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games but were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball has revealed the dates and locations for a series of major competitions taking place over the next three years.
The sport has confirmed that the cycle will remain unchanged heading towards the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games, despite the postponement of Tokyo 2020.
Headlining the announcement is the 2022 IBSA Goalball World Championships which will take place in Hangzhou, China, from 3-15 July.
The IWRF Board of Directors have chosen to continue the suspension all IWRF sanctioned events and officials travel until further notice. This suspension will be revisited periodically by the Board of Directors.
There will be no IWRF sanctioned international competitions in 2020.
The four Grand Slam tournaments and the ITF have come together to pledge over $300,000 in financial support for wheelchair tennis.
The fund will provide grants to help wheelchair athletes and national association event hosts impacted by the suspension of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour and postponement of major wheelchair tournaments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Powerchair Hockey have announced the new dates for the 2020 European Championships which were postponed earlier in the year.
The competition will now take place from 31 May – 7 June 2021 in Pajulahti, Finland, the original host city.
IWAS Powerchair Hockey and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have determined that a one year delay would ensure the safety and unrestricted participation of all athletes.
The Sport Congress will also still take place in the days following the Championships.
The organisers of the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball and Judo International Qualifier in Fort Wayne, USA, have won an award for the competition held between 2-9 July.
Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market in the USA, has recognised Fort Wayne 2019 as one of its Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism.
The Board of Directors of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation is pleased to present the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. This Plan was developed after an extensive review of the progress made by the IWRF since becoming an independent federation in 2010, our last Strategic Plan, and surveying our member nations.
If you missed the official launch of the IWRF strategic plan you can find a downloadable copy here on the IWRF website.
IWBF have awarded the 2022 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships to the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) has confirmed that para taekwondo has been included in the official programme of the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games as the sport continues to grow and reach more people around the world.
The 4th edition of the Asian Para Games will take place on 9 – 15 October 2022, with fans set to be treated to the excitement and drama of para taekwondo for the first time.
Colombian Julio Cesar Avila has been elected as Americas Paralympic Committee (APC) President following four rounds of voting at the APC General Assembly in Lima, Peru.
He was chosen ahead of fellow presidential candidates Julie Dussliere of USA and Lucha Villar of Peru.
“I am thrilled to have received the support of the APC membership; I am speechless and emotional,” said Avila.
The FEI Annual Report 2018 has been published on the FEI’s corporate website (INSIDE.FEI.org), providing a comprehensive recap on all the key sporting moments and the main decisions as well as detailed facts and figures by discipline, nation/region, athlete/horse and in relation to development related activities through FEI Solidarity in 2018.
- Global initiative aims to increase number of wheelchair tennis players and number of countries offering wheelchair tennis activities.
- Expansion of localised competitive opportunities for players
- Support for talented players from any nation
- Annual investment of $1 million from Kosmos as part of Davis Cup partnership with ITF
- Continued support from Cruyff Foundation
The ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee has today launched its new Wheelchair Tennis Development Plan, which will be instrumental in the continued growth of the spo
In a ground-breaking development for the women's game, the IBSA Football Committee is launching a call for bids to organise the first ever world championships for women.
IBSA member organisations are invited to submit a bid to host the 1st IBSA Blind Football Women's World Championsips in 2020. The committee is planning a competition involving between 8 and 10 teams and lasting around 10 days, and the event should be hosted preferibly after the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic games in September.
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This year’s General Assembly will take place in Bonn (GER), 24 October 2019 from 13.30 to 15.30 at the IPC Headquarters.
The 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) General Assembly and Conference will get underway in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, on Thursday (4 July), aiming to map out the future of the organisation.
Delegates from around the world are gathering in central Fort Wayne, first for the IBSA Conference and then the 11th General Assembly on 5 July.
By Michael Beattie
Wheelchair tennis history will be made on the clay courts of Paris and the lawns of south-west London in June and July of 2019, when both Roland Garros and Wimbledon host quad wheelchair singles and doubles competitions for the first time.
It is a move that sees quad wheelchair tennis join the men’s and women’s wheelchair events on the schedule of all four Grand Slam tournaments – the latest significant milestone for a sport not yet 50 years old, established in the wake of a young skier’s drive to adapt to life in a chair.
Marginal gain has common parlance in cycling with the success of Team Sky, now Team Ineos. The British team is known for its approach of making numerous small improvements to significantly improve performance. And, as the studies below show, para-cycling is far from left behind in this domain and increasingly benefits from the findings of scientific studies.
Tandems, handbikes and aerodynamics
World Rugby and the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation have reaffirmed their commitment to close collaboration after a productive week of meetings in Dublin.
World Rugby House played host to a series of planning meetings of the IWRF Board and Committee Chairs as well as strategic workshops between the two federations, who signed a memorandum of understanding in 2010 to work together on matters of mutual interest at a time of unprecedented growth.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) has announced the launch of an exciting new addition to its competition programme from 2020 – the IWAS Guttmann Games.
The games will only feature sports and events not currently on the Paralympic Games programme, offering athletes with physical impairments the chance to compete at an international level every four years.
In March 2019, after two years of consultation with athlete representatives and stakeholders across the Paralympic Movement, the IPC Athletes' Council published its first strategy to act as a guide to both athletes and the IPC membership as to how the IPC Athletes’ Council can build athlete leaders and ensure the Paralympic Movement is athlete-centred.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) have announced that Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, will host the IWAS World Games 2020 from 20-28 February, just six months before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
The news follows on from a successful 2019 edition which was staged in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, in February.
The organisers of Nakhon Ratchasima 2020, the Sports Association for the Disabled of Thailand (SADT), plan to offer an impressive programme of action.
Text by Lloyd Green | Images by Alan Spink
Forty-seven participants from six African countries attended a three-day Para badminton Technical Workshop in Uganda which was supported by Agitos Foundation and conducted by BWF.
Held for the third consecutive year, the workshop attracted participants from Benin, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The workshop was held during the Uganda Para-Badminton International 2019 last week in Kampala.
WBF have published their 2019 Official Handbook following the last IWBF Executive Council meeting, which took place in Mies, Switzerland on the 6-7 April 2019.
Several important changes to the IWBF internal regulations were approved at the Executive Council meeting and are now available.
It was also agreed that one comprehensive document named “IWBF Official Handbook” would be produced to include all IWBF statutes and internal regulations to make them readily and easily accessible.
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) has released the first details about items which will be presented to members as its 2019 General Assembly in Fort Wayne, USA, from 3-6 July.
Opening the discussions on day one will be the new IBSA strategic plan which will take the organisation from 2020 to 2024. This will feature finances, the future of the IBSA sports, and classification.
Members will be consulted on how the Executive Board plan to make IBSA the world’s leading organisation for blind and visually impaired sports.
The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and World ParaVolley have teamed up for the first time to explore cooperative opportunities in the following disciplines: indoor volleyball, beach volleyball, snow volleyball, sitting volleyball and beach ParaVolley.
World ParaVolley is the independent organisation responsible for planning and delivering the sport of ParaVolley for athletes with physical impairments. The new agreement will see World ParaVolley work in close collaboration with the FIVB, the federation responsible for all forms of volleyball.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) World Games concluded in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with a final flourish as record fell on the athletics field on Saturday (16 February).
The games have taken place over six days, featuring more than 500 athletes from 50 countries competing in seven sports – athletics, swimming, archery, badminton, shooting, table tennis and wheelchair fencing.
The Asian Paralympic Committee announced the recipients of its prestigious Asian Awards at a recent gala dinner during its General Assembly in Dubai. The Asian Order is presented to any person who has illustrated the APC ideals through his/her actions, has achieved remarkable merit in the sporting world for people with an impairment, or has rendered outstanding and long-lasting services to the APC cause.
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This year’s General Assembly will take place in Lausanne (SUI), 7 November 2018 from 14:00-18:00 at the FEI Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.