IBSA Showdown update
Date: November 28, 2018
IBSA Showdown has been busy lately with development plans, one major tournament and updates to key documents. Here's the latest from the sport:
1 European Top Twelve 2018
Tirrenia, near Pisa in Italy was the venue for this year's event, which brings together the top ten male and female Showdown players along with two wildcard picks in both genders for an elite tournament.
The tournament took place from November 15th to 18th.
Slovenia's Peter Zidar showed some style in cementing his place at the top of the men's game, taking gold ahead of two Polish players – Adrian Sloninka (silver) and Krystian Kisiel (bronze). Players from a total of seven countries competed.
Caption: the top three men at the European Top Twelve pose with their trophies.
In the women's event it was Hanna Vilmi from Finland who came out top on ten points, followed by Elvina Vidot from France and Elzbieta Mielczarek from Poland. Women from eight countries were involved.
2 IBSA Showdown Ranking List – following the European Top Twelve 2018 the sport's ranking table has been updated.
The top three from Tirrenia confirmed their slots at the top of the men's ranking, with Olli Kytöviita from Finalnd in fourth place and Italy's Luca Liberali taking fifth position.
In the women's table Finnish player Jaana Pesari tops the ranking, followed by compatriot Hanna Vilmi (2nd), Poland's Elzbieta Mielczarek (3rd), Tanja Oraníc from Slovenia in fourth and Elvina Vidot in fifth.
Over 300 men and 200 women are now included in the ranking lists, which are compiled taking into account results from international and national championships in 2017 and 2018.
Click on the link above or here to view or download the full lists.
The sport's classification list, showing the results of sight classification at all recent events, has been updated.
Click here or on the link above to view or download the updated list.
4 Showdown introduced in Portugal
Showdown was introduced to Portugal in early November when more than 30 players took part in a demonstration session in Lisbon. A second event in the north of the country is scheduled for the coming weeks.
5 IBSA Showdown referee course
The IBSA Showdown Committee is always looking to expand the sport from its traditional strongholds, and the latest country on the list is South Korea, where a referee training course is scheduled to take place in Seoul from December 5th to 8th.
For more information on Showdown contact Massimo Sanapo, Chair of the IBSA Showdown Committee, at [email protected].