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IBSA Blind Football visits Sweden

Group of people, some with facemasks Participants at the blind football training in Stockholm. Image credit: MIK Sound

This weekend, Swedish blind football players benefited from IBSA Blind Football visiting them in Stockholm to share their knowledge. The event was supported by the Swedish Football Association and the IBSA. Athletes, officials and coaches did training and exercises at an indoor facility at Slättgårdsskolans. Participants included both male and female players.

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While Sweden has a strong history in blind sports and in football in general, it does not have a strong history of playing blind football. They have never played an international match, and have never competed at any European, World or Paralympic championship. MIK Sound is leading the country in trying to bring the sport to it.  If they can create a national team, they would be the first Scandinavian nation to have one.

 

The women’s able bodied team have been amongst the best in the world, and are currently ranked fifth in the world. The soon to be retiring IBSA Goalball Committee Chairman Kari Marklund hales from Sweden. They’ve hosted several blind sports competitions, including this year’s 2014 European Showdown Championship. Overall in the Paralympic movement, Sweden hits above its weight, ranked tenth all time for total medals with 663.

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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