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17 April 2012

London International Competition Starts 18 April

The final preparations are complete and competitive international Wheelchair Rugby is about to begin at the Basketball Arena, venue for the Wheelchair Rugby competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


The London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is part of the London Prepares series of test events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For the past three days, players, officials, and Games organizers have been running through all the pre-competition procedures including team training, athlete classification, equipment checks, and more. The aim of the event is to test all preparations for the 2012 Paralympic Games, and to ensure that everything is ready for the competition in September.


Today's events included training for table officials on the Omega timing systems, media availability for Team GB in the BBA, and testing of the Ottobock Healthcare wheelchair repair facility. There was even a friendly match between Great Britain and Australia to practice the sport presentation protocols. (That's how well-prepared LOCOG is - there was even a test event for the test event!)


Matches start tomorrow with Great Britain vs. Sweden at 10:00 am and Australia vs. Canada at 12:00 pm. The last six matches will be streamed live on Channel 4 at www.paralympics.channel4.com beginning with Sweden vs. Australia at 4:00 pm and Canada vs. Great Britain at 6:00 pm tomorrow.


Full details and schedule are available at www.londonpreparesseries.com/wheelchairrugby. All times are local to London (GMT).

London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament Schedule




Session 1

10am - Sweden v Great Britain

12pm - Australia v Canada


Session 2

*4pm - Sweden v Australia

*6pm - Canada v Great Britain


Session 3

*10am - Australia v Great Britain

*12pm - Sweden v Canada


Session 4

*4pm - 3rd v 4th play-off game

*6pm - Final


* to be streamed live at channel4.com/paralympics