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IBSA Executive Board releases statement on cheating

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On Wednesday on the IBSA website, the IBSA Executive Board released a statement in response to allegations of cheating made at the Goalball World Championships by some players.

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In the statement, the leadership affirmed their commitment to sportsmanship and the integrity of the game.  They appear to have confirmed that cheating did take place, but these occurrences did not impact the outcome of individual games.  The IBSA Executive Board have said that they are currently conducting review of the situations, and they have not ruled out sanctions against individual players.  They have also indicated they will be revising the code of ethics for players in the future to make it even more clear that cheating is not acceptable.

The IBSA Executive Board also said,

Sport should be recognised as the honourable pursuit of victory, whilst playing within the spirit, as well as the letter of the law. IBSA has an obligation to its athletes (the vast majority of whom behave impeccably) to encourage the highest ethical standards of behaviour – both on and off the field of play.

The allegations about behavior at the Goalball World Championships said that some players were lifting their vision blocking goggles to to get a better view of the court.  All players are required to wear vision blocking goggles during play because goalball is open to B1, B2 and B3.  The goggles insure that all players have the same range of vision.

Laura Hale
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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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