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Bidding Process Open to Host 2017 World Para Team Championships


The bidding process to host the 2017 World Para Team Championships, which represents a new format, is now open.

At the most recent staging of the tournament in 2014 in Beijing, team and individual events were held; now as in able bodied sport the disciplines will be separate and will be staged on alternate years, except during the year of the Paralympic Games when neither will be held.

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Deni, Deni, Deni; Bulgarian Raises Roof, Focused on Rio Medal

 08/20/2015       ITTF World Tour, ASAREL Bulgaria Open (Challenge)

A packed to capacity Asarel Arena, some 2,500 spectators, not a seat spare in the pristine stadium welcomed distinguished guests on the evening of Thursday 20th August for not one but two Opening Ceremonies.

Boiko Borisov, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, alongside Tomislav Donchev, the Deputy Prime Minister and Dr Lachesar Tzotzorkov, the Chair of the Supervisory Board of Asarel Medet, were present.

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Smash Down Barriers Initiative Sets Example in Oceania


Currently being staged in the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati, the “Smash Down Barriers” concept promoted by the ITTF Development Programme in liaison with the Oceania Table Tennis Federation is having an immediate effect.

Motivated by the initiative, Paul Bird, the President of the Oceania Paralympic Committee, visited Kiribati from Monday 10th to Thursday 13th August, to begin discussions relating to the establishment of a National Paralympic Committee for Kiribati.

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Invitation to Officiate at 2015 European Para Regional Championships


The Danish Sports Organisation for the Disabled invites a total of 25 International Umpires to officiate at the forthcoming 2015 European Para Regional Championships.

A Factor 50 tournament for World ranking requirements, to be held in the town of Vejle, the playing days are Monday 12th October to Saturday 17th October.

National associations are requested to nominate a maximum of four International Umpires; preference will be given to Blue Badge and Blue Badge in Progress umpires.

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Full House on Final Day, Brazil Celebrates Best Ever Para Pan American Games


Three titles to be decided on the concluding day of play, Thursday 13th August, at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Markham, Toronto, all three went to Brazil; the results meant that the South American country departed Canada with a quite staggering total of 15 gold medals.

Overall the total read 31 medals; 10 silver and six bronze medals can be added to the list.

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Two More Titles, Brazil Exceeds Previous Best in Rio de Janeiro and Guadalajara


A total of 10 gold medals won in the individual event at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Markham, Toronto; Brazil added two more of the same colour to their collection on Wednesday 12th August.

The results mean that the South American country has already surpassed its previous best at the prestigious quadrennial multi-sport gathering; in Guadalajara four years ago and in Rio de Janeiro eight years ago, the grand total was 11 gold medals.

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Team Events Commence, Once Again Brazilians in Evidence


Success in the individual events, as proceedings commenced in the team events at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Markham, Toronto on Tuesday 11th August, there was more success for the South American country, on a day when the leading outfits asserted there authority on proceedings.

In the Men’s events four of the five competitions featured Brazilian teams in the top seeded position in the tournament.

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Unprecedented Success, Brazilians Add to Title Haul, More Pain for Iranildo Espindola


Titles for Brazil on the second day of play at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Markham, Toronto, thanks to the efforts of Catia Oliveira in Women’s Singles Class 1-2 and Danielle Rauen in Women’s Singles Class 9-10; the South American country added to its tally of success on the third day of action, Monday 10th August, by securing a further eight gold medals

Overall, when the individual events had concluded, Brazil had secured an unprecedented 24 medals; ten gold, eight silver and six bronze.

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Success for Brazil in Toronto, Female Trio Sets Shining Example


Medals for Catia Oliveira, Danielle Rauen and Jennyfer Parinos; Brazil enjoyed success in the first events to be decided at the 2015 Para Pan American Games in Markham, Toronto on Saturday 9th August.

Catia Oliveira won gold in Women’s Singles Class 1-2; whilst in Women’s Singles Class 10, it was both gold and silver for the South American country; top step of the medal podium went to Danielle Rauen with the next step being occupied by Jennyfer Parinos.

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