Brazil are still the leading nation in both the men’s and women’s goalball world rankings, as published by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) on 4 May.
There has been only one change amongst the men’s top ten teams, with Iran climbing to 10th, whilst Canada dropped from 10th to 11th. The Rio 2016 hosts are now followed by Paralympic champions Lithuania, Turkey, China, USA, Ukraine, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland and Iran.
In the women’s rankings, Great Britain moved to 10th ahead of Australia (11th). The new top ten is made up by Brazil, China, Rio 2016 gold medallists Turkey, USA, Japan, Russia*, Canada, Israel, Germany and Great Britain.
The world rankings are expected to change over the next months, when all the regional competitions take place.
The Asia/Pacific Championships will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 19-27 August, whilst the European Championships will take place in Lahti, Finland, between 18-22 September.
From 14-24 October, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, will stage the African Championships, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, will again host a major Para sport competition when it organises the Americas Championships between 26 November-3 December.
More information can be found on the International Blind Sports Federation’s website.
*Editor’s note: The International Paralympic Committee suspended the Russian Paralympic Committee on 7 August 2016 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: https://www.paralympic.org/russian-paralympic-committee-suspension