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Cheating at Goalball World Championships being investigated

Yesterday, IBSA Goalball published a statement regarding alleged cheating at this year’s world championships.


According to IBSA Goalball, they were made aware during the competition that some players were lifting their eye masks to get a view of court.  Part of their statement says, “IBSA Goalball wishes to be very clear in saying that this is something that we will not tolerate.  We view this is a very serious issue and we are reviewing the rules to make the punishment very severe and easier to police.”

The investigation is ongoing and actions are being taken to address the situation.

Goalball is a sport for people with vision impairments who are classified as B1, B2 or B3.  To insure fairness on the court because of differences in vision, all players are required to wear blackout eyemasks.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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