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Tuesday, 08 Oct 2019

Para Taekwondo set to inspire at Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games

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.

Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

Julio Cesar Avila elected APC President

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.

Tuesday, 06 Aug 2019
Monday, 29 Jul 2019

ITF launches global Wheelchair Tennis Development Plan

  • 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

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

First IBSA Blind Football Women's World Championships to be held

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.

Tuesday, 09 Jul 2019
Wednesday, 03 Jul 2019

IBSA General Assembly to discuss key topics on future of blind sports

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.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Park courts to Slams: the wheelchair tennis revolution

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.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Application of science to improve para-cycling performances

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

Friday, 17 May 2019

Dublin meetings strengthen World Rugby and IWRF bond

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.