Over the past few weeks, a number of referee clinics have been held around the world with a number of new officials having been awarded their International or Zonal Referee Licences.
The Asia-Oceania Zone held a clinic as part of the Fazza Cup, in Dubai. Whilst this was not a formal refresher nor examination clinic, it did allow officials present to improve their knowledge of officiating within IWBF. As part of this clinic, two officials from Saudi Arabia, Bander Aloteibi and Abdullah Almahdi were recognised as National Officials.
In the Americas Zone, as part of the Andina Cup held in Chile early in May, Enzo Fernandez from Chile, qualified as a new Zone Referee.
The Africa Zone played host to a six nation tournament in Agadir, Morocco. From this event we saw one official qualify as a new International Referee, Natascha Onono (top right) from South Africa and two officials from Morocco, Faical Saoud and Youssef Zaga, achieve their Zone Referee Accreditation.
Erik Etzelmuller (bottom right) from Germany is Europe’s latest International Official, having passed his examination in March together with Arne Engelen (Belgium) who qualified as a Zone Referee. At the recent European B Championships held in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Veronica Restuccia (Italy) passed her examination and qualified as a Zone Referee.
Congratulations to these officials and we look forward to their ongoing work as part of the IWBF family of technical officials.
There has been exciting news for wheelchair basketball and the Paralympic Games as the IOC and IPC have outlined the principles for a new long-term agreement between the organisations.
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President of IWBF Ulf Mehrens said, “The new agreement is very important for both the Paralympic movement and our sport. If the IPC and IOC continue to work closely together to help enhance the visibility of the Paralympic Games and disability sport this can only continue to have a positive impact on wheelchair basketball as we look to reach more countries and introduce our great sport to new audiences.”
“This agreement is an important milestone in the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “The IOC and IPC share the same goal of making the world a better place through sport and I look forward to our two organisations working closely together to achieve this. The IPC’s focus on sport for all and on high-level performance will enable it to reach more and more people around the world, and to ensure the organisation's long-term success.”
IPC President Sir Philip Craven said: “I am delighted that the IPC and IOC have agreed on the principles and vision behind a new long-term agreement that will further strengthen and support the Paralympic Movement in the years to come. The IOC is the IPC’s number one strategic partner and we are grateful to President Bach and the Olympic Movement for their continued support. We will now work together over the coming weeks and months to finalise the agreement which will take our partnership into a fourth decade and make the Paralympic Movement more self-sustainable.”
For the first time, in addition to the Official Rules of Wheelchair Basketball, a Chinese version of the Official Comments and Interpretations is now available from the download section of the website.
Thank you to Hsieh Shu-Fei (TPE) for all her hard work on this project.
IWBF proudly announce that Molten's exclusively branded BGL7X-YG and BGL6X-YG basketballs will be used in the wheelchair basketball competition at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.
The IWBF-approved special edition design will adorn the official balls. The expressive design reflects the movement and agility of the most elite players in the world and will add excitement to the game for players and spectators alike.
IWBF Secretary General Maureen Orchard said, “We are proud to announce we will be using these unique basketballs that will be also used in the basketball in the Olympic Games.”
Kiyofumi Tamiaki, the President and CEO of Molten Corporation, said: "Molten is committed to developing the best sports equipment for FIBA and the larger basketball community. We are looking forward to being a part of these world-class competitions."
While the special edition balls will be made available for sale to the general public on 1 July.