The 1250g blue ball will be on display in Tokyo from August 25th to September 3rd.
Goalball is one of the most popular sports in the International Federation of Sports for the Blind, celebrating 75 years of existence and 55 years after the first Paralympic games in which it was present (IBSA).
Goalball is played by three players and by all sport classes for the visually impaired (Bi, B2, and B3), and all players must be blindfolded during the game period. This is a dynamic team sport that combines speed, strength, and precision, making it one of the most exciting on the Paralympic Games program.
Goalball, is not a mixed-gender sport like Boccia, despite being a physically demanding sport. The women’s team first competed in the Paralympic Games in 1984 in New York. The female team’s aspect has grown and developed both technically and tactically, highlighting these components in the game, and today the female team’s aspect is as much or more appreciated than the male team’s aspect.
There will be ten female and ten male teams competing in the Paralympic Games:
Goalball will have a male and female group stage with two groups each. The group stage runs from the 25th to the 30th of August, and the knockout stages run from the 31st to the 2nd of September. On September 3rd, the games that will determine the medals will take place.