The fifth edition of the International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World Games is due to get underway tomorrow, with goalball action taking place before the Opening Ceremony in Seoul.
Around 6,000 athletes from roughly 60 countries are due to take part in the event, which will see competitors battle it out for medals across nine different sports.
Competition begins with the men’s goalball tournament with four preliminary matches at the Jangchung Gymnasium.
Paralympic bronze medallists Turkey face Mexico in what promises to be an action-packed opening contest in Group A, before hosts South Korea meet European silver medallists Spain.
Lithuania, widely regarded as one of the world’s best goalball nations, then get their Group B campaign up and running when they take on Venezuela, and a bumper morning is rounded off as Iran entertain Australia.
Roughly two-and-a-half hours after the completion of the last match, the Opening Ceremony will be held at the Jamsil Gymnasium venue to fully commence the event.
The rest of the sporting programme begins on Monday (May 11) with athletics, chess, B1 and B2/3 category football, men’s and women’s goalball, showdown, swimming and tenpin bowling giving the fans a plethora of choices.
The last sport to come to the fore at the World Games is judo, which starts on Wednesday (May 13) at the Jamsil Student Gymnasium.
The event, last held in the Turkish resort of Antalya in 2011, is widely expected to be the biggest in IBSA’s history.
The inaugural competition was staged in Madrid in 1998 before it moved to Quebec in 2003 and São Paulo in 2007.
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