There has been exciting news for wheelchair basketball and the Paralympic Games as the IOC and IPC have outlined the principles for a new long-term agreement between the organisations.
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President of IWBF Ulf Mehrens said, “The new agreement is very important for both the Paralympic movement and our sport. If the IPC and IOC continue to work closely together to help enhance the visibility of the Paralympic Games and disability sport this can only continue to have a positive impact on wheelchair basketball as we look to reach more countries and introduce our great sport to new audiences.”
“This agreement is an important milestone in the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “The IOC and IPC share the same goal of making the world a better place through sport and I look forward to our two organisations working closely together to achieve this. The IPC’s focus on sport for all and on high-level performance will enable it to reach more and more people around the world, and to ensure the organisation's long-term success.”
IPC President Sir Philip Craven said: “I am delighted that the IPC and IOC have agreed on the principles and vision behind a new long-term agreement that will further strengthen and support the Paralympic Movement in the years to come. The IOC is the IPC’s number one strategic partner and we are grateful to President Bach and the Olympic Movement for their continued support. We will now work together over the coming weeks and months to finalise the agreement which will take our partnership into a fourth decade and make the Paralympic Movement more self-sustainable.”
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