ITO’s for 2017 U23 Men’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships Announced

(Ottawa, Ont.) IWBF is pleased to announce the Technical Officials that will be present in Toronto for the U23 Men’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

Serving as Technical Delegate is Craig Moorgas from South Africa. Craig was a member of the Tournament Technical Committee in Rio 2016 and has an extensive knowledge of the game having played, coached and managed on the international stage. He is also currently Chairman of the Board of Wheelchair Basketball South Africa and IWBF Treasurer.

Craig will be joined by Rui Marques (Brazil), for his first time as the Assistant Technical Delegate. Rui was the Tournament Director for wheelchair basketball at Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Furthermore, he is an IWBF referee and referee instructor.

Completing the Tournament Technical Committee will be Norbert Kucera (Germany). Norbert is the Chairman of the IWBF Technical Commission, as well as working as the Assistant to the President of IWBF.

The classification panel is made up Anne Lachance, Canada, who will serve as Chief Classifier, alongside Toufic Allouche (Lebanon), Eduardo De Garay (Mexico), Dinh Tan Trien (France) and Davidah Koseff (Israel).

Overseeing the matches will be the Game Commissioners, who are Juan Magallanes (Mexico), Ricardo de Souza (Brazil), Ivan Dabo (Croatia) and Chompoo Wachirasrisukanya (Thailand).

The referee supervisors are Tomáš Pajer (Czech Republic), Juanma Uruñuela (Spain) and Nurettin Bilmez (Turkey).

Controlling the games will be the fourteen referees from across the globe, who are Helen Rosenberg (Australia), Gustavo Mathias (Brazil), Alexandre Lapointe (Canada), Thomas Roche (France), Erik Etzelmüller (Germany), Mehdi Aghajani (Iran), Maurizio Zamponi (Italy), Masaki Kato (Japan), Hrvoje Pencinger (Croatia), Arnold Moseya (South Africa), Alexei Dyev (Russia), Yetka Koc (Turkey), Mauricio Gamez (Costa Rica) and Pedro Vasquez (Chile).

Maureen Orchard, IWBF Secretary General, said “We are delighted to be able to announce the Technical Officials for the U23 World Championships in Canada this June. The line-up contains experienced international officials as well as young, up and coming officials who will be performing for their first time at a World Championships. As our pool of officials continues to increase, the selection process for every tournament becomes more difficult, but we are confident that this team will be a part of ensuring it is a successful championship.”

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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.

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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

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

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.

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