Yesterday, the IBSA published the January 2015 goalball world rankings. There were a number of events that impacted ranking since the last ones were published. This included the FEDC tournament held in Madrid, and the Central American Championships. 24 men’s teams out of 70 changed their ranking compared to only 17 out of 36 on the women’s side.
On the men’s side, the biggest movers was Panama, moving up sixteen from 60th to 44th, their best ever world ranking. Guatemala’s men moved up thirteen, from 37th to a team best 24th. Egypt moved up eleven, from 29th to 18th. Morocco saw the biggest drop, falling nine places 26th to 35th. Ghana was another team with a big drop, going down seven from 47th to 54th. Honduras dropped five, from 55th to 60th and last. Other teams with ranking changes include Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel, Poland, Thailand, Russia, Iraq, Great, United Arab Emirates, El Salvador, Australia, Croatia, Oman, Netherlands, Greece, Rwanda and Kuwait.
On the women’s side, Nicaragua was the biggest gainer going up eleven, from 22nd to 11th. Costa Rica was another big mover, going up six from 28th to 22nd. Other teams going up or down one to three places include Guatemala, Australia, Sweden, Ukraine, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, El Salvador, Greece, Honduras, Iraq, Thailand, Panama, South Korea and Laos.
At the recently completed Pajulahti Games in Finland, Lithuania 2 men’s finished first, Finland 1 second, Lithuania 1 finished third and Finnish club side Näpäjä finished fourth. In the women’s competition, the United States finished first, Canada second, Näpäjä finished third, with Israel finishing in fourth.
IBSA January 2015 men’s goalball world rankings
|29th||United Arab Emirates|
|65th||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
IBSA January 2015 women’s goalball world rankings