For the first time, in addition to the Official Rules of Wheelchair Basketball, a Chinese version of the Official Comments and Interpretations is now available from the download section of the website.
Thank you to Hsieh Shu-Fei (TPE) for all her hard work on this project.
IWBF proudly announce that Molten's exclusively branded BGL7X-YG and BGL6X-YG basketballs will be used in the wheelchair basketball competition at the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympic Games.
The IWBF-approved special edition design will adorn the official balls. The expressive design reflects the movement and agility of the most elite players in the world and will add excitement to the game for players and spectators alike.
IWBF Secretary General Maureen Orchard said, “We are proud to announce we will be using these unique basketballs that will be also used in the basketball in the Olympic Games.”
Kiyofumi Tamiaki, the President and CEO of Molten Corporation, said: "Molten is committed to developing the best sports equipment for FIBA and the larger basketball community. We are looking forward to being a part of these world-class competitions."
While the special edition balls will be made available for sale to the general public on 1 July.
Hyderabad, India will be the first to host this IWBF initiative from June 22-26, 2016.
Thanks in part to the financial support of the AGITOS Foundation, the IWBF and The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) the initiative will work to deliver four modules covering coaching/player development, classification, officiating and governance.
IWBF is pleased to be working with the WBFI to organize the first course. Madhavi Latha, President of WBFI has been working very hard to prepare for a successful event and we expect to see more than 150 participants over 5 days.
Thailand will be sending a team to India to play some friendly games during the course, the first international team to visit and play in India, which should make it an exciting week of wheelchair basketball for all involved.
Norbert Kucera, Chairman of the IWBF Technical Commission, Toufic Allouche, Classification Officer for the IWBF Asia Oceania zone, Maurice Hammerton, Development Officer for IWBF Europe and Maureen Orchard, Secretary General of IWBF will be there to share their experience with the participants and serve as instructors.
This is the first of programme of its kind offered by the IWBF, one we hope will be the first of many more to come. To follow the progress of the initiative please follow WBFI's Facebook page
International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) has confirmed the official match schedules for the men’s and women’s events to take place at the Paralympic Games in Rio this September. The schedule was agreed by IWBF, Rio 2016, Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
IWBF President, Ulf Mehrens, 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 in consideration the demands from a number of 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. ”