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Beijing to host 2014 Boccia World Championships

The 2014 BISFed Boccia World Championships are expected to showcase 180 athletes from 30 countries. 05 Nov 2013
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Greece's Greg Polychronidis hit a perfect shot at the London 2012 Paralympic Games to win a gold medal.

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By Daniel Hopkins | For the IPC

The announcement of the World Championships comes at the conclusion of this year’s last regional tournament, the 2013 Asia Oceania Boccia Championships, which took place from 21-25 October in Sydney, Australia.

The Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) has announced that the 2014 BISFed Boccia World Championships will take place in Beijing, China, from 19-28 September.

Next year’s championships are expected to draw 180 athletes from 30 different countries, starring the champions of this year’s regional tournaments.

Top European players such as Portugal’s Jose Macedo, Great Britain’s David Smith and Greece’s Greg Polychronidis will be joined on the world stage by those who lit up the 2013 Americas Championship, including Brazil’s Maciel Santos and Canada’s Marco Dispaltro.

Also athletes who impressed at the recent Asia-Oceania Championships, such as Thailand’s Witsanu Huadpradit and Yuansen Zheng of China will do battle with rivals from across the globe.

Obviously the city of Beijing is no stranger to hosting major sporting events, as they previously held a very successful Paralympic Games in 2008.

The announcement of the World Championships comes at the conclusion of this year’s last regional tournament, the 2013 Asia Oceania Boccia Championships, which took place from 21-25 October in Sydney, Australia.