The 2015 IBSA World Games came to an end on May 17, after the eight days of intense competitions among visual impaired athletes. The closing ceremony of the 2015 Games was held with the slogan of “The echo of earnestness will prevail” at the Jamsil Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea.
The closing ceremony featured videos about highlighted competitions, farewell and closing speeches, the declaration of closure and flag-lowering ceremony. All athletes and officials enjoyed the congratulatory performances, delivered by visual impaired and able-bodied artists at the end of the ceremony.
IBSA Europe Chairwoman Sally Wood-Lamont attended at the ceremony, instead of the IBSA President, Janine Ham- mershoi.
“Seoul 2015 IBSA World Games has been unique in many ways, not only because it was the first held in Asia, but also because it was the largest IBSA sports event in the history of the World Games. Largest number of IBSA sports event ever.”
About 1626 visually impaired athletes, coaches and officials from 57 countries participated in this event, and athletes competed in nine different sports including athletics, chess, 5-a-side football, goalball, judo, powerlifting, showdown, swimming and ten-pin bowling.
Russia topped the medal table with total 114 medals including 48 gold medals at this event. Team USA ended the fifth IBSA World Games with one gold from Kevin Brousard in the discus event and one bronze from the men’s judo team.
Korea’s judo medalists Jung-Min Lee, Ha Na Seo, Song Lee Jin and Gwang Geun Choi lowered the Games’ flag with the representatives of volunteers , after the closing declration from Vice Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Chong Kim.
International Blind Sports Federation [IBSA] will host the next World Games in 2019, but the host city has not been decided yet.