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24 July 2012

London Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Schedule Released

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is pleased to announce that the schedule for the London 2012 Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby competition has been released. Following a hugely successful ticket sales campaign, the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park will fill to capacity to welcome the best wheelchair rugby teams in the world.


The teams competing for a coveted Paralympic Medal in London are Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Japan, Sweden, United States, and host country Great Britain.


The tournament begins on September 5th and will open with number 1 world ranked United States taking on home nation Great Britain. The USA are a formidable team and will look to dominate the competition. Team GB will have the home crowd on their side, and will be looking to cause an upset in the early stages of play.


Pool play begins on Wednesday, September 5 and runs through Friday the 7th. The hard-hitting action continues with the semi-final games on Saturday September 8th, and the Medal matches taking place on Sunday the 9th.


Richard Allcroft, IWRF Technical Delegate for the London Games says that now that the schedule has been released it really brings home the excitement of the Games. "There is a real buzz in the United Kingdom now that the Olympic Flame is finishing up its tour of the country and is ready for the lighting of the Olympic Cauldron". "With the Paralympics due to start in 36 days everything is in place, and I'm confident that wheelchair rugby will be one of the most exciting and talked about sports of the games".


All eight teams have the potential to end up on the podium, but the crowds in London are guaranteed to see some fantastic metal on metal action.


For those who can't make it to London, the International Paralympic Committee will have unprecedented webcast coverage of the games via their website www.paralympic.org. The IWRF will also provide extensive coverage of wheelchair rugby on its own website at www.iwrf.com.


To download the London 2012 Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby Schedule click here.