The Rio 2016 Organizing Committee, in conjunction with the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF), Olympic Broadcast Services (OBS) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has confirmed the schedule of games for the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games, which take place September 7-18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Canadian men’s and women’s preliminaries begin on September 8 against Spain and Great Britain, respectively. The matches continue through to the finals held on September 16 for women and September 17 for men.
“The schedule takes a lot of time and accuracy in piecing it together, to ensure equality for all teams with times and dates as well as taking in consideration the demands from a number of different broadcasters. We are confident that this schedule will offer everyone an exciting showcase of the sport. The announcement of the schedule continues to generate excitement around the games and now fans of the sport will be able to purchase tickets to support their country,” says IWBF president, Ulf Mehrens.
About Team Canada
The Senior Men’s National Team went undefeated at the London 2012 Paralympics to capture their third gold medal in four Paralympic Games. It is the latest accomplishment in a sport dynasty that has placed them on the podium at four consecutive Paralympics and at five of the last six world championships.
The Senior Women’s National Team is amongst the most successful and dominant teams in Canadian amateur sport history. The team captured three consecutive Paralympic gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, and bronze in 2004. They have also reached the podium at seven consecutive world championships.