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Showdown in the IBSA World Games

Date: August 4, 2023

Category: Showdown

The IBSA World Games 2023, an international multi-sport event for athletes with visual impairments, is all set to showcase the thrilling sport of Showdown. Held at the University of Birmingham’s Teaching and Learning building from August 23rd to 25th, this exhilarating tournament will feature players from 14 countries across two continents competing in an event that serves as an equivalent to the Paralympic Games for Showdown. This is only the second time Showdown has been included in the IBSA World Games, the first being in 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.

Showdown, a sport specially designed for individuals with visual impairments, has been gaining popularity around the world for its unique blend of skill, precision, speed, and adrenaline. The game is played on a specially designed table by two players from opposing sides using flat, paddle-type bats. The aim of the game is to bat the ball off the side wall, along the table, under the centre screen, and into the opponent’s goal.

This year’s Showdown event at the IBSA World Games will witness 58 exceptional players, including 32 men and 26 women, giving their all to claim victory and make their respective Nations proud. Among them, 11 teams will be participating in enthralling team matches that are sure to provide spectators with moments of high drama and excitement.

The competition schedule for the Showdown event is packed with thrilling matches, and all the action will take place in eight specially prepared rooms within the Teaching and Learning building of the University of Birmingham. As players gear up for the tournament, spectators and supporters can keep track of the game schedule and results by visiting the official event website at

For many athletes, the IBSA World Games 2023 represent the pinnacle of their sporting careers. The event not only provides them with an opportunity to showcase their skills on an international stage but also promotes inclusivity and diversity in the world of sports. The dedication and passion of these players demonstrate that visual impairment is no barrier to achieving excellence and inspiring others.

One of the notable aspects of this event is its global reach, as players from 14 countries spanning two continents gather in Birmingham for this grand celebration of sportsmanship and inclusivity. The IBSA World Games 2023 serve as a testament to the power of sports to unite people from diverse backgrounds and foster a sense of community and respect.

Despite Showdown not yet being recognised as a Paralympic sport, its presence in the IBSA World Games gives it the recognition it truly deserves. As the world witnesses the talent and determination of these visually impaired athletes, there is hope that Showdown will eventually find its place among the prestigious Paralympic sports. As the event approaches, excitement is building among players, organisers, and fans alike. The Showdown tournament at the IBSA World Games 2023 promises to be an unforgettable celebration of skill, perseverance, and camaraderie as the world gathers to celebrate the indomitable spirit of visually impaired athletes competing in the electrifying sports event for the visually impaired.

Arturs Kalnins
IBSA Showdown Sport Committee Chairperson

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