World Blind Team Championship history

Blind player in actionThe World Team Cup for visually impaired players was launched in 1990 and, opposite to the Blind Olympiads is open only for 12 top teams from previous Olympiad (in 2005 as much as sixteen top teams were allowed to participate). The same as in case of the Olympiads, the Team World Cup is held in a four year cycle, one year after conclusion of respective Olympiad. If some of qualified teams fail to arrive, reserve teams are invited.

The access to top honours in the tournament have been monopolised by Eastern European nations. The premier edition in 1990 was easily won by declining Soviet team, while Russia triumphed readily in the next two editions in 1994 and 1998. The fourth edition was done a year ahead of time. For the first time the teams were split into two preparatory groups and then into two final groups. Also, Poland for the first time denied Soviet/Russian team to take their premier trophy. The fifth edition took place in Greece in 2005 and was a Swiss event. Under the absence of Russia, incumbents Poland won with a huge advantage over Serbia & Montenegro.

Winners: 2x Russia, 2x Poland, 1x Soviet Union, 1x Ukraine




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