By Nick Butler

BisFed has announced a new organisation structure at its General Assembly ©Getty ImagesA new organisational structure has been unveiled by the Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) in order to focus on the most important areas of work and to spread the workload more evenly.

Changes were proposed at the London-based body's General Assembly in September, with the results of this meeting having now been released.

The composition of the Board remains the same, but exact roles and responsibilities have changed

While Great Britain's David Hadfield continues as the body's President, and Portugal's Joaquim Viegas, one of the founding members of BISFed, and Paul Chambers, the chief executive of Boccia England, remain as vice-president and treasurer, Hong Kong's Martin Lam has been made secretary general.

He will focus on the areas of governance, membership and bid evaluation, as well as organising Board and General Assembly meetings. 

The three other Board members will also now serve specific areas, with Canada's Dom Tremblay overseeing competitions, Greece's Dina Sotiriadi assuming responsibility for sport development and South Africa's Elsa Matthee heading up classification and anti-doping.

The new organisational structure for BISFed, as decided at the body's General Assembly ©BISFedThe new organisational structure for BISFed, as decided at the body's General Assembly ©BISFed

In a statement posted alongside this news structure, the Board said that they "welcome all the individuals who have agreed to serve on the Committees until the 2017 General Assembly meeting", urging anyone to email the chair of the relevent Committee if they have further questions.

Boccia, one of only three Paralympic sports that has no Olympic counterpart, was added to the Paralympic programme at New York City in 1984, and is played throughout the world today.

Last year the IPC Governing Board confirmed the sport will continue to feature at the Games in Tokyo 2020.

Boccia officials hope, though, that further improvements can be made to boost the running of the sport and ensure its place on the Paralympic programme beyond Tokyo 2020. 

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