by the International Sports Federation (BISFed), Boccia is a sport
suitable for people with severe type of cerebral palsy or related
neurological conditions involving a wheelchair.
¡¥Boccia¡¦ comes from the Latin word ¡¥bottia¡¦, which means ¡¥ball¡¦. It originated in ancient Greece, where people threw balls towards a target circle. In the 16th century, the Italians introduced and modified this ball-tossing game and it became the modern Boccia game.
Boccia is one of the Paralympic Sports which does not have a counterpart in the Olympic programme. It was first introduced in 1984 Paralympic Games and has been developing very fast recently. The competition was divided into 5 divisions including men (BC1, BC2) women (BC1, BC2) and team event (BC1/BC2). The male and female events were later combined; with the addition of the pair events and two more classifications (BC3, BC4), Boccia is now composed of 4 classes and 7 events (Individual events for BC1, BC2, BC3 and BC4, BC1/BC2 Team event, BC3 and BC4 Pair events).