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Tuesday, 24 Aug 2021

Sabrina Ibáñez: A human being can never be broken

Like many of you, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Paralympic Games. But as luck would have it, I now find myself immobilised following a pelvic fracture last week.

While I’m sorely disappointed that I will not to be joining my colleagues in Tokyo this year, I did have reason to celebrate following the launch of the WeThe15 campaign that aims to end discrimination towards persons with disabilities.

Wednesday, 18 Aug 2021

World Goalball Day to take place on 12 September

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball has announced that the first World Goalball Day will take place on 12 September 2021, aiming to ride the wave of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

In 2021 goalball is celebrating an incredible 75 years since it was pioneered by Austrian Hans Lorenzen and Germany’s Sepp Reindle in 1946. The pair developed the game to help with the rehabilitation of World War II veterans.

Wednesday, 04 Aug 2021

Blind football women’s World Championships pushed back to 2023

The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Blind Football have announced that the first Women’s World Championships will now take place at the 2023 IBSA World Games in Birmingham, Great Britain.

The competition was originally scheduled for November 2021 in Enugu, Nigeria. However due to national restrictions currently in place as a result of COVID-19, it is no longer practical for it to go ahead this year.

Monday, 02 Aug 2021

IWBF to implement changes to Classification Rules and Regulations

Changes to the IWBF Classification Rules and Regulations for international wheelchair basketball are to be implemented by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) from 1st October 2021.

In January 2020, IPC’s Governing Board declared IWBF non-compliant with the 2015 IPC Athlete Classification Code, and set a deadline for compliance to be met by no later than 31 August 2021 for the sport to remain as part of the Paralympic movement and be reinstated to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games sport programme.

Tuesday, 27 Jul 2021

Cairo to close 2021 with Sitting Volleyball World Cup

Egypt’s capital city, Cairo, will conclude an action-packed 2021 after being confirmed as hosts of the Sitting Volleyball World Cup from December 10 to 15 at the Cairo International Stadium.

The biggest sitting volleyball event in the World ParaVolley calendar will feature 16 teams each for the men’s and women’s competitions all competing for the title. A lot is at stake at the World Cup as winning teams will be guaranteed a spot at the 2022 Sitting Volleyball World Championships in Hangzhou, China in May.

Monday, 26 Jul 2021
Tuesday, 20 Jul 2021

Final IWAS World Games programme released

The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) has revealed that athletics, powerlifting and cerebral palsy (CP) football will form the final programme for the 2021 IWAS World Games in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal, from 7-13 October.

The confirmation comes after countries were invited to register their interest in the sports on the preliminary programme which also featured swimming, as well as wheelchair cricket and beach ParaVolley for the first IWAS Guttmann Games. 

Wednesday, 30 Jun 2021
Monday, 14 Jun 2021

Long-awaited Table Tennis Paralympic Qualification Tournament in Slovenia hailed a tremendous success

Staging a major international tournament is always an exacting task; add to the fact that you have to provide a level of organisation that caters for players with impairments, wheelchair access being mandatory, then add all the paraphernalia of creating an environment that has the utmost hygienic standards to cope with the current pandemic, the word “exacting” is an understatement.

Friday, 11 Jun 2021

World ParaVolley e-Learning platform to launch on June 15

World ParaVolley has been working hard over the past number of months to put together the initial phase of E-ParaVolley, an online LMS which will offer possibilities for individuals to learn more about World ParaVolley and to embark on technical education pathways.

The program has been made possible in large part as a result of two grants from the International Paralympic Committee – one from the NPCDP-IF funding stream, and the other from the GSI COVID-19 Relief Fund stream.