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Belgian men’s national goalball team at training camp in Bloso Oordegem

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Belgian player practicing one-on-one penalties. Image credit: Goalball Belgium

The Belgian’s national goalball teams are in Bloso Oordegem in Lede for a weekend training camp.  Today’s training session started off with one-on-one penalty practice.

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Belgium’s men are currently ranked fifteenth in the world, and have not qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics yet.  Their two best opportunities that are coming up are the 2015 IBSA World Games in May in South Korea where they will meet Lithuania, Iran, Algeria, Canada, Japan, Australia, and Venezuela in pool player. The winner qualifies for Rio. Their second opportunity will be at the 2015 IBSA Goalball European Championships Men & Women A, where they will go up against Lithuania, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Czech Republic, Finland, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine. The winner also qualifies for Rio.

 

Belgium’s women have no opportunities to qualify for Rio as they are competing in neither tournament.  They are currently ranked amongst the worst women’s team in the world at thirty-one out of thirty-six teams.  Only Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Mynmar and Mongolia are ranked lower.

 

Both teams play in the Dutch Goalball League against domestic club sides from the Netherlands.

 

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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