International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), the governing body of the Wheelchair Basketball players has unveiled the official match schedules of the men’s and women’s events for the Paralympic Games 2016 which is going to take place in Rio on September. The schedule has been approved by the International Paralympic Committee, Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) and the Rio Summer Olympic organizers.
The first match of the Wheelchair Basketball at the Paralympics will take place between British women and Canada followed by the British men facing Algeria on 8th September at the Rio Olympic Arena. Other matches of the preliminary rounds will simultaneously go on in the Carioca Arena 1.
Wheelchair Basketball is one of the major events of the Rio Paralympics 2016 and the women’s medal deciding match will be played on 16 September at the Rio Olympic Arena. The men’s final will take place in the same arena the very next day. A complete pdf of the Wheelchair Basketball schedule in Rio 2016 is available for download on IWBF’s website.
Commenting on the schedule for Wheelchair Basketball, Ulf Mehrens, the IWBF President, said: “The schedule takes a lot of time and accuracy in piecing it together, to ensure equality for all teams with times and dates as well as taking into consideration the demands from some different broadcasters. We are confident that this schedule will offer everyone an exciting showcase of the sport. The announcement of the schedule continues to generate excitement around the games and now fans of the sport will be able to purchase tickets to support their country.”
The United States have been the dominant force in men’s event at this major disabled sports discipline too and won 7 Gold Medals till date. Their neighbor Canada bagged3 Gold medals whereas both Israel and Australia have won 2 each. On the other hand, Germany, Canada and the USA all have grabbed3 Gold Medals each at the women’s wheelchair basketball event at the Paralympics.
Interested and wheelchair basketball lovers from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from the authorized ticket resellers (ATRs). The International Paralympic Committee has given the responsibility to their Global ATR, Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website. Whereas the residents of Brazil can buy the Paralympics 2016 tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.