Final goalball rankings for 2016 published

Brazil leads both the men’s and women’s rankings, as published by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA). 07 Jan 2017
Simone Rocha and Ana Carolina Custodio (BRA) compete against USA in Goalball

Simone Rocha BRA (front) and Ana Carolina Custodio BRA compete during the Goalball Women's Preliminary Group C match between the United States of America and Brazil at Future Arena.

ⒸAl Tielemans for OIS/IOC

The final International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) goalball rankings for 2016 have been published, with Brazil leading both the men’s and women’s lists.

There have been no changes from the previous month in the men’s top 10 teams, with the Rio 2016 hosts being followed by Paralympic champions Lithuania, China, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Sweden, Finland, Iran and Slovenia.

Further down the list, Australia climbed from 39th to 34th, whilst Nicaragua (25-36), Guatemala (30-41), Panama (36-46), Rwanda (46-56) and Ghana (49-57) have all fallen some places.

In the women’s rankings, Thailand dropped from 10th to 21st, with the new top 10 being made up by Brazil, Paralympic silver medallists China, Rio 2016 champions Turkey, USA, Japan, Russia, Canada, Israel, Germany and Australia.

Men’s standings. 1. Brazil; 2. Lithuania; 3. Iran; 4. China; 5. Turkey; 6. USA; 7. Sweden; 8. Finland; 9. Canada; 10. Czech Republic.

Women’s standings. 1. Brazil; 2. China; 3. Turkey; 4. USA; 5. Japan; 6. Russia; 7. Canada; 8. Australia; 9. Israel; 10. Germany.

For more information, visit IBSA’s website.

*Editor’s note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August for its inability to fulfil its IPC membership responsibilities and obligations, in particular its obligation to comply with the IPC Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Code (to which it is also a signatory). As a result of the suspension, Russian athletes cannot enter IPC sanctioned events or competitions, including the Paralympic Games. For further information please click here.