The 2016 World Open has brought 20 countries together in Póvoa de Varzim, Pt. in a battle for Boccia supremacy. Canada has brought six athletes to the tournament and will be participating in four categories — BC3 Individuals, BC4 Individuals, BC3 Pairs, and BC4 Pairs.
The Boccia International Sports Federation (BISFed) released the schedule for the pairs and teams events taking place on June 15 and 16.
In the BC3 classification, Éric Bussière, Paul Gauthier, and Philippe Lord will compete in the pairs event and will battle against Brazil, Russia, and Slovakia in Pool B. 16 teams are in the BC3 Pairs bracket as the round robin will be played on June 15 and the elimination rounds will follow on June 16.
Team Canada, marked as team 607 on the official table, has drawn the following schedule:
Wed., June 15, 4:30 a.m. EST vs. Russia
Wed., June 15, 7:30 a.m. EST vs. Slovakia
Wed., June 15, 10:30 a.m. EST vs. Brazil
To move on to the quarter finals, Canada will need to finish in the top two in their pool. The elimination round for Pool B picks up on Thurs., June 16.
The BC4 Pairs team made up of Marco Dispaltro, Alison Levine, and Caroline Vietniek will be just as busy. This Canadian team, marked with an identification number of 704, has drawn Brazil, Slovenia, and the host country Portugal in Pool A. There are eight teams in the BC4 bracket and the top two teams in each pool will advance to the semifinals.
Here is the schedule for Canada’s BC4 pairs team:
Wed., June 15, 6 a.m. vs. Portugal
Wed., June 15, 9 a.m. vs. Slovenia
Wed., June 15, 12 p.m. vs. Brazil
With Portugal being five hours ahead of Toronto, Canadian fans will need to wake up early to support their team at the World Open. Games will be streamed live and can be found at www.bocciaworldopen.com.
The BC3 and BC4 Individual schedules will be announced after the Pairs events are completed.
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