Showdown releases new world ranking list, first competition held in Switzerland
Date: April 4, 2019
Slovenia’s Peter Zidar and Finland’s Hanna Vilmi have maintained their places at the top of the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Showdown world rankings.
Vilmi leads the women’s table with a commanding 2,060 points, after taking the lead from compatriot Jaana Pesari with whom she previously shared the top spot.
Pesari has 1,740 points whilst Poland’s Elzbieta Mielczarek is third with 1,140.
In the men’s Zidar tops the rankings with 1,780 points whilst Poland’s Krystian Kisiel sits second on 1,516. Kisiel’s teammate Adrian Sloninka occupies third place on 1,332.
The full IBSA Showdown world rankings can be found here.
Switzerland also entered the world of showdown by hosting its first national Championships in Zurich.
Eight men and seven women took part in a round-robin tournament which was overseen by three national referees and an international official.
Following the success of the competition the country now plans to make the Championships an annual occurrence, as well as organise a national team cup. Organisers in Switzerland report that there are more than 20 active showdown players and this number is growing all the time.
More information about how to get involved with showdown in Switzerland can be found at the national federation’s website.