Teams Selected to Compete at 2019 IBSA Goalball International Qualifier in Fort Wayne, IN

October 18th, 2018

Teams Selected to Compete at 2019 IBSA Goalball International Qualifier in Fort Wayne, IN

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (October 17, 2018)  –  International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball has announced the 32 men’s and women’s teams who will be formally invited to compete at the 2019 IBSA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier from June 29 – July 9 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, following the closure of the official application process.

 

The 2019 competition is a crucial chance for teams from around the world to secure their ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Sixteen slots have been slated for both the men’s and women’s teams.

 

IBSA member countries were asked to submit their applications to compete to the IBSA Goalball committee. An overwhelming response was received, with more applications than available spots. A total of 26 men’s and 21 women’s teams registered.

 

The IBSA committee then made their invitation selection based on several factors. These included team performances at the 2018 World Championships in Malmo, Sweden, and the ranking of teams within their regional Championships before Malmo 2018. Teams will now be asked to confirm their participation and start the formal entry and registration process.

 

If a team decides not to take their spot, it will be reallocated in the following ways:

 

  • To the best ranked team from within the same region in the waiting list
  • If a region is not able to occupy their full allocation, those spots will be given to other teams depending on when their application to compete was received.

 

Team selections

           

Men’s

 

   

Participants

Waiting list

1

Host Country

USA

 

2

Europe 1st

Belgium

Slovenia  (6)

3

Europe 2nd

Lithuania

Great Britain (8)

4

Europe 3rd

Sweden

Spain (2)

5

Europe 4th

Turkey

Poland (9)

6

Europe 5th

Finland

Greece (4)

7

Europe 6th

Ukraine

Russia (5)

8

Asia Pacific 1st

China

Iraq (10)

9

Asia Pacific 2nd

Japan

 

10

Asia Pacific 3rd

Australia

 

11

Asia Pacific 4th

Korea

 

12

Americas 1st

Brazil

Venezuela (1)

13

Americas 2nd

Canada

Chile (3)

14

Americas 3rd

Argentina

Guatemala (7)

15

Africa 1st

Cameroon

 

16

Africa 2nd

Ghana

 

 

Women’s

 

   

Participants

Waiting list

1

Host Country

USA

 

2

Europe 1st

Russia

Germany (4)

3

Europe 2nd

Greece

Finland (1)

4

Europe 3rd

Israel

Ukraine (3)

5

Europe 4th

Sweden

Spain (2)

6

Europe 5th

Denmark

 

7

Europe 6th

Great Britain

 

8

Asia Pacific 1st

Japan

 

9

Asia Pacific 2nd

Australia

 

10

Asia Pacific 3rd

China

 

11

Asia Pacific 4th

Korea

 

12

Americas 1st

Brazil

 

13

Americas 2nd

Canada

 

14

Americas 3rd

Guatemala

 

15

Africa 1st

Algeria

Ghana (5)

16

Africa 2nd

Cameroon

 

 

The 2019 IBSA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier will be hosted by Turnstone and USABA in Fort Wayne, IN, USA. It is expected to be one of the biggest competitions of the year and will also feature the IBSA General Assembly.

 

 

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ABOUT TURNSTONE:  Now in its 75th year of service, Turnstone’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing one of the most comprehensive offerings of services and programs to people with disabilities and their families under one roof in the United States. Thanks to generous support and compassionate staff, Turnstone’s legacy of advocacy and innovation continues to contribute to a world that accepts and values people based on their abilities. This legacy now includes the privilege of functioning as the home training facility for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Goalball Teams and the goalball resident program through a partnership with the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). www.turnstone.org | Twitter: @TurnstoneCenter | Facebook: Turnstone Center of Children and Adults with Disabilities | Instagram: @TurnstoneCenter

 

ABOUT UNITED STATES ASSOCIATION OF BLIND ATHLETES (USABA)

Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. In addition to providing grassroot and development opportunities in multiple sports, USABA serves as the high performance management organization for the Paralympic sport of goalball in the U.S. Through a partnership with Turnstone Center, USABA established the first-ever long-term goalball resident program in the country where members of U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball National Teams train full-time. USABA’s mission: to empower Americans who are blind and visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation and physical activity, thereby educating and inspiring the nation. www.usaba.org | Twitter: @USABA | Facebook: United States Association of Blind Athletes


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