Wheelchair Rugby Begins September 14th at the Paralympics in Rio

September 11, 2016

Wheelchair Rugby Begins September 14th at the Paralympics in Rio


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Doug Coil

World Rugby published this week an earlier release by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation concerning Wheelchair Rugby at the Paralympics in Rio. With the beginning of this event on Wednesday September 14, 2016, I am calling attention to this event, as well as an article that I published a week ago on the USA Wheelchair Rugby team that enters the competition as the number one ranked team by IWRF.

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Release: July 22, 2016

Rio 2016 Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby schedule announced

Defending Paralympic champions Australia will play Great Britain in the opening match of the wheelchair rugby tournament at Rio 2016.

Rio 2016 Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby schedule announced
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF), in partnership with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee have announced the final schedule for wheelchair rugby at the Paralympic Games.

The wheelchair rugby competition will feature eight nations hailing from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

Play gets underway on Wednesday, 15 September with defending Paralympic champions Australia taking on Great Britain in the first match of the day. USA face France and then it’s the turn of Japan and Sweden to do battle in the no-holds-barred sport. An exciting first day’s schedule is brought to a close when Canada play Brazil.

Click here for the full schedule>>

“We have spent several years working towards this point and it’s exciting to think that the sport will be back on the global stage,” said Richard Allcroft, IWRF technical delegate for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

“Rio is an amazing city and the Brazilian people know how to create an atmosphere. I can’t wait to see the athletes in the stadium competing; the slot for Paralympic champion is open and any of the top teams in the world could take that prestigious gold medal home.”

Australia claimed gold at London 2012 after a 66-51 win against Canada. The United States took bronze, with Japan finishing fourth and Great Britain fifth, which was one place lower than they managed in Beijing four years earlier.

For complete information and tickets, please visit www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/wheelchair-rugby

DJCoil Rugby

The Wheelchair Rugby teams competing at the Paralympics are tremendous athletes that have sacrificed to represent their countries. It is hoped that many already agree and others will reach the same conclusion after watching these matches at the Paralympics.

In addition to the matches being broadcast live online, many are also being broadcast on television. I have listed the USA broadcast schedule in my article about USA Wheelchair rugby below.

Watch all the games live at www.paralympic.org/rio-2016/watch-wheelchair-rugby

DJCoil Rugby article: USA Wheelchair Rugby Seeking Gold at Paralympic Games



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