IBSA General Assembly meetings kicks off at Dead Sea

Goalball being played. (Photo: Japan Goalball Association)
AMMAN  — The 2021 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) General Assembly convened on Sunday at the Dead Sea with the participation of 31 countries, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, chairman of the Jordanian Paralympic Committee (JPC), Hussein Abu Al-Ruz, affirmed IBSA’s confidence in Jordan’s ability to host major conferences.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ruz, in the presence of IBSA’s president, Jannie Hammershoi, said that the Dead Sea meetings constitute the first event held by JPC after the “historic” achievement made at the Tokyo Paralympic games, where Jordan won four gold medals and one bronze.

Abu Al-Ruz congratulated IBSA on the 40th anniversary of its founding in 1981, the year that also saw the birth of the first Jordanian Federation for Sports for the Disabled.

Hammershoi, for her part, praised Jordan for hosting IBSA’s meetings, which constitute an “important” turning point in the march of blind sport. She also congratulated the “remarkable” achievements made by the Jordanian Paralympic Committee in the previous stage.

Hammershoi stressed IBSA’s keenness to follow up on the newly-proposed mechanism to hold the Paralympic goalball qualifiers. This would help hold Asian runoff competitions in various geographical locations, paving the way for the two winning teams to qualify for Paralympic matches. Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment.

In addition to Jordan, the Dead Sea meetings saw participation of four other Arab countries that include Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, and the UAE, as well as 26 other countries.

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