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2015 IBSA World Games Selection Criteria

The 2015 IBSA World Games will be held
May 8-18, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.

Eligibility:

The 2015 IBSA World Games are open to visually impaired athletes born 2000 or earlier who are citizens of the United States and are eligible to represent the United States in Paralympic competition. Athletes must be able to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a U.S. birth certificate or valid U.S. passport (to be presented at registration).

Athletes must provide proof of visual impairment in the form of an official IBSA classification letter or card, or a letter or attached “unofficial classification” form completed by a primary care doctor, optometrist, or ophthalmologist. All athletes must be members in good standing of USA Judo.

Classification of visual impairment:

Class B1:
Visual acuity poorer than LogMAR 2.60.

Class B2:
Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.50 to 2.60 (inclusive) and/or a visual field of less than 10 degrees.

Class B3:
Visual acuity ranging from LogMAR 1.4 to 1.0 (inclusive) and/or a visual field of less than 40 degrees.
*Visual groups B1, B2, and B3 will compete together.

Categories of Competition:

Women: 48kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 70kg, +70kg

Men: 60kg, 66kg, 73kg, 81kg, 90kg, 100kg, and +100kg

Each country may send up to two (2) athletes per weight category.

Selection Criteria:

  1. The highest two (2) ranked athletes with points on the IBSA World Point Roster as of March 15, 2015 will be named to the team.

  2. If there is only one ranked athlete with points on the IBSA World Point Roster as of March 15, 2015, the highest ranked athlete on the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Point Roster will also be named to the team.

  3. If there are no ranked athletes with points on the IBSA World Point Roster as of March 15, 2015, the highest two (2) ranked athletes on the USA Judo National Visually Impaired Point Roster will be named to the team.

Athletes must also meet the following requirements:

  • Have won a minimum of 2 matches in senior advanced (brown and black belt) competition or a VI division in a sanctioned USA Judo Tournament or IBSA International Tournament* in the past 24 months.
  • hold a minimum rank of sankyu (brown belt)

*Qualifying events include but are not limited to the US VI Senior Nationals, VI US Open, VI German Open, VI Lithuanian Open, VI Brazil Open, VI President’s Cup, IBSA World Championships, IBSA Paralympic Qualifying Tournaments, IBSA World Games, IBSA Youth and Student World Championships, IBSA Pan American Championships, ParaPan American Games, VI Ontario Open, Paralympic Games.

If there is only one ranked athlete at any given weight category, they will be named to the team, provided that the meet the requirements above. Petitions from unranked athletes will not be accepted.

If any of the athletes selected, according to the above criteria, decline for any reason, the person who is then ranked highest on the USA Judo Visually Impaired National Roster as of March 15, 2015, will be the athlete selected for the team, provided they meet the requirements above.

An athlete who is to be nominated to the 2015 IBSA World Championship Team may be removed from the nominations for any of the following reasons, as determined by the Athlete Performance Committee:

*Voluntary withdrawal. Athlete must submit a written letter to Ed Liddie, Director of Coaching and Athlete Performance.
*Injury or illness as certified by a USA Judo approved physician (or medical staff). If an athlete refuses verification of their illness or injury by a USA Judo approved caregiver, his or her injury will be assumed to be disabling, and he or she may be removed.
*Violation of the USA Judo Code of Conduct.