With the 250 days until the start of the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio, Algeria could be going with one of their biggest and most sport diverse teams in their history. So far, the country has qualified for the Rio in cycling, judo and wheelchair basketball. The country will also be represented by a table tennis umpire. There are still a number of qualifying opportunities available in individual sports that could secure the country more spots.
In wheelchair basketball, it will be the first time that either the men’s team or the women’s team has competed on the Paralympic stage. The men competed at 2014 IWBF World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, where they finished last in their pool with three losses. They were the only African team in the competition. This was similar to their performance at the 2010 World Championships, where they also finished last in their pool with five losses and also being the only African team in the competition.
Noura Mouloud earned Algeria a spot at the Games in judo following his participation in the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championship after winning gold in the men’s -60 kg event.
Algeria was scheduled to host the 2015 IBSA African Goalball Championships, but the African regional qualifier failed to take place. This meant that qualifying, like the country did for London, was difficult and the African championship spot was given to Czech Republic on the men’s side through the ranking system.
In 2012, Algeria sent athletes to London in athletics, goalball, judo and powerlifting. The country won nineteen medals, four of which were gold. Sixteen of their medals came in track and field, while three came in judo. Their strength in athletics makes the upcoming months very important in determining the ultimate composition of the Algerian team and their medal chances in Rio if they seek to repeat their London performance.