Statement Regarding Incident in Algeria – China Game at 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship

(HAMBURG, GERMANY) Wheelchair Basketball Canada has issued the following statement in reaction to an incident that took place during the Algeria and China women’s game at the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship:

“We are deeply disappointed by video footage we saw from the Algeria and China women’s game. The behaviour demonstrated by the Chinese coach towards one of his athletes is completely unacceptable and has no place inside or outside of sport. Wheelchair Basketball Canada remains dedicated to working with the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and other stakeholders to help create an environment free from harassment, abuse or discrimination of any kind. Our organization is committed to fostering an environment that is safe, welcoming and inclusive.”

-Wendy Gittens, Executive Director, Wheelchair Basketball Canada

Wheelchair Basketball Canada first learned of the incident earlier today when the IWBF issued sanctions against China and video emerged on social media following the game between Algeria and China on Saturday August 18 at the 2018 World Championships.

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