IBSA confirms Cluj-Napoca as host of 2017 General Assembly

goalballThe International Blind Sports Federation’s (IBSA) Executive Board has confirmed that the organisation’s 2017 General Assembly will take place in Cluj-Napoca, according to InsidetheGames.biz.

The event, held every four years, is the major decision-making meeting of the governing body which looks after the Paralympic sports of goalball, judo and blind five-a-side football.

The Assembly, described by IBSA as the “supreme governing body of the Federation”, will be held between October 26 and 29.

It is likely the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro will be on the agenda, with goalball providing one of the main controversies from the Games in Brazil.

This came when the Algerian women’s team failed to show up for its first two matches against the United States and Israel.

The African country claimed they had experienced multiple travel delays, but there was speculation they wanted to avoid the clash with the Israelis.

Algeria and Israel do not have official diplomatic relations with the former refusing entry to any citizen holding an Israeli passport or any other visa.

The last IBSA General Assembly was held in Copenhagen in 2013, when Denmark’s Jannie Hammershøi was confirmed as President in her own capital city.

The former goalball player replaced the outgoing Michael Barredo of The Philippines, who did not seek a third term.

A schedule and agenda for the General Assembly is expected to be sent to all members in due course.

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