2016: Pajulahti Games 2016 – Sixth time, six sports

International disability sport event Pajulahti Games is arranged for the sixth time on 22.–24.1.2016 in Pajulahti Sport Institute in Nastola, Finland. There are six sports in the event: sitting volleyball, goalball, showdown, judo, powerlifting and athletics.

There are high level IBSA ranking tournaments for both men and women in goalball. Host team Finland is preparing to defend their Paralympic gold in Rio and faces tough challenge in men’s tournament especially from European Champions Turkey and European bronze medalist Lithuania. Germany, Sweden and Great Britain conclude the men’s tournament.

If possible the women’s tournament is even more tougher than men’s. All the medalists – USA, Russia and Turkey – from the previous World Championship come to challenge host team Finland together with Israel and Ukraine, both of them also qualified for the Rio Paralympic Games.

In sitting volleyball – where there’s an international women’s tournament in Pajulahti – the matches start already on Thursday 21th of January with an European zonal ranking tournament between Finland, Russia and Ukraine. Starting from Friday Great Britain and Netherlands join the trio to start the actual Pajulahti Games tournament.

In showdown the Finnish players themselves guarantee that the tournament is of the highest quality. Hanna Vilmi have won all of the previous Pajulahti Games women’s tournaments. Ari Lahtinen is the reigning champion in men’s side and Juha Oikarainen won three concecutive tournaments before that. There are also players from Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Lithuania in the tournament.

In Athletics there’s an open Finnish indoor championships on Saturday 23th of January, with powerlifting Finnish championships and Special Needs Judo tournament also on the same day.