Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) President David Hadfield has outlined a number of significant milestones for the world governing body in 2018 as it aims to continue the sport’s development.
Hadfield details the plans in a New Year's message to BISFed members.
He says 2018 will be "another important year".
Among next year’s scheduled milestones is the implementation of a computerised world ranking system in March.
The following month will see the launch of the BISFed coaching manual, which will be rolled out to all members who want to take advantage of a "standard coaching methodology".
"I would like to thank those members, particularly Canada and the United Kingdom who have helped by contributing coaching material to this initiative," Hadfield says.
"We have used funds from the annual IPC (International Paralympic Committee) sports grant which is provided to International Federations to facilitate the work of this project."
In July, a BISFed Code of Ethics is due to be published, providing guidance on what is expected by way of behaviour in and out of competition.
This will come just prior to the 2018 World Championships, which are scheduled to take place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool from August 9 to 19.
A total of 192 athletes are due to participate in what is set to be the biggest-ever global boccia event.
"I am convinced that the World Championships will also be the most exciting boccia event yet," Hadfield says.
"The venue will be spectacular.
"There will be an innovative field-of-play layout, overhead cameras to provide a better spectator experience and for refereeing use, and live streaming of show courts with live commentary.
"We are attempting to arrange television coverage of the event which could also be streamed to other interested countries outside the UK."
Hadfield also reflected on the highlights of 2017, which he described as "another fantastic year".
"Boccia remains the fastest-growing Paralympic sport, and BISFed’s membership has continued to grow during the year," he says.
"We implemented a new competition system and have sanctioned more competitions than ever - nine world ranking events during 2017.
"We have implemented a world-class competition management system which combines and automates the management of all competition activities with real-time publication of scores and results on the internet."
Hadfield also highlighted how boccia was awarded eight additional athlete slots for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and BISFed’s investment in operational support to provide a more efficient service to its members.
Additionally, he pointed to the election of a new BISFed Board, during the world governing body’s second General Assembly in Hong Kong, as another important moment.
"I believe BISFed is now a mature International Federation after only five years in existence, with strong processes in place, a growing membership, and ever more opportunities for athletes," Hadfield says.