Yesterday saw the opening of the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships for both the men and the women. The event, which sees teams compete from all over the world, began yesterday with Great Britain taking on The Netherlands.
Running until July 17, the tournament is being held at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham and is the biggest and most important wheelchair basketball event taking place prior to London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In the women’s draw, Gold and Silver medallists from Beijing, the USA and Germany are drawn together in Pool B, whilst Great Britain come up against familiar opponents in The Netherlands and Australia.
In the Men’s pools Great Britain will take on the six times World Champion, USA and current European Champions Italy, whilst in Pool B newcomers Algeria will come up against Paralympic Gold and Silver medallists Australia and Canada.
International Wheelchair Basketball Federation President, Maureen Orchard said after the draw, “We are hoping that the World Championships will be a great tournament and that the teams will have an unforgettable time. Hopefully at the end of the tournament it will see the best teams win”.
Check out the tournament’s website for more details on the games and results. Tickets, which start at £3, are now on sale and can be purchased via https://www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 338 0338.