(Toronto, Ont.) Wheelchair Basketball Canada, in collaboration with the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), is pleased to unveil the competition schedule for the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship taking place June 8-16, 2017 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, Ont.
A total of 42 games will be played over eight days of competition as the top junior male wheelchair basketball athletes in the world represent 12 nations and vie for the title of world champions. Preliminary round competition will run from June 8-12, with the playoff round beginning on June 14. The bronze and gold medal games will both take place on June 16, 2017. All of the games will be webcast live on the official event website.
Presale Tickets on Sale March 24
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is thrilled to invite fans to be part of the action and experience sport that moves you to the edge of your seat with the launch of our ticket presale. Presale tickets to the world championship will be available for purchase online through the Mattamy Athletic Centre ticket portal from March 24-29, 2017.
Team Canada will face Australia, Brazil, Iran, Italy and Turkey in Pool A competition during the preliminary round. Pool B features France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
Team Canada Preliminary Round Schedule
- Thursday June 8, 2017 at 12 p.m. vs. Italy
- Friday June 9, 2017 at 6 p.m. vs. Australia
- Saturday June 10, 2017 at 6 p.m. vs. Iran
- Sunday June 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. vs. Turkey
- Monday June 12, 2017 at 6 p.m. vs. Brazil
The complete competition schedule is available online at www.2017u23wwbc.com.
About the Event
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to host the top junior male wheelchair basketball players on the planet from June 8-16, 2017 for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship.
World-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will converge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto to showcase the elite skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world. Over 400 athletes, coaches, officials, delegates, and volunteers will attend the event.
Team Canada is in pursuit of a return to the top of the podium, having won back-to-back gold medals at the world championship for junior men in 1997 and 2001. Most recently, Canada placed sixth at the last world championship for junior men in 2013.
For more information visit: www.2017u23wwbc.com / #2017u23wwbc
About the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)
The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is the international governing body responsible for wheelchair basketball. It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball. For more information, please visit www.iwbf.org.
About Wheelchair Basketball Canada
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sport governing body responsible for the organization of the sport in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians from grassroots to high performance. Wheelchair basketball is a fast-paced, hard-hitting, competitive sport in which Canada is held in high esteem around the world for winning a combined six gold, one silver, and one bronze medal in the last seven Paralympic Games. For more information, please visit www.wheelchairbasketball.ca.
Wheelchair Basketball Canada is hosting the 2017 Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship. It marks the organization’s fifth opportunity to host a landmark international wheelchair basketball championship, having previously hosted the Women’s World Championship in 2014, the Men’s World Championship in 1994, the inaugural Men’s U23 World Championship in 1997, and the first-ever Women’s U25 World Championship in 2011.