A new athlete registration system was launched today by the International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA).
The new system comes on-line following an agreement signed in Bonn last year between IBSA President Jannie Hammershoi and Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
The IBSA will now make use of a similar system to the one used by the IPC for the registration of members and athletes.
From today all IBSA athletes must be registered on the IBSA Sport Administration System (ISAS).
For each athlete the database will hold a photograph, passport/identity card, eligibility form, a biography and a unique IBSA/ISAS license and Identity card which can be shown at each competition in which they participate.
The system was developed in association with the IPC but there will be a separate IBSA template and independent access information.
It means the IBSA will have all data regarding athletes registered on a central database.
They have warned that no athlete can be presented for classification without first being registered on the ISAS.
The first event the data will be available for are the 2015 IBSA Goalball European Championships - Men C in Malmö, Sweden, scheduled to start on February 1 and the IBSA Judo World Cup in Eger, Hungary, due to start on February 20.
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