The seventh round of the IBF Foundation Blind Football Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series (NCCS), supported by Santen, was named “First Latin American Challenge in Women's Blind Football”. The Colombian women’s players will visit Buenos Aires to play the Argentine women’s team on 29 and 30 November.
Kick-off is set for 4pm (local time) on both days. The venue is a dedicated blind football stadium, completed in 2016 and located within the National Training Centre. Live streaming will be available on the IBF Foundation Facebook page.
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, there will be one staff member from the local organizing committee in charge of ensuring all protocols are followed.
While women’s blind football is growing exponentially in all continents, there are still relatively few female players in the world and international matches involving women’s team are a valuable opportunity. IBF Foundation is committed to supporting the development of women's blind football, not only on this occasion but also in the future.
The goals of the IBF Foundation Blind Football Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series, supported by Santen grant programme, are:
- to help reactivate blind football worldwide as we move towards a new reality following the global pandemic caused by COVID-19;
- to assist countries to overcome the financial difficulties they may face in returning to international competition;
- to present a positive image of our sport to the world and demonstrate that blind football, with proper health, hygiene and safety protocols and procedures in place, can offer a safe, virus-free environment for visually impaired athletes.
Grants of up to 10,000 US Dollars were available for projects involving air transportation, while projects involving travel by land were eligible for a grant of up to 5,000 US Dollars.
For more information on the International Blind Football Foundation or the Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.