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Australia draws Russia, Ireland and Portugal in Group B at the 2015 IFCPF World Championships

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Pot 1: Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Netherlands.  Pot2: Iran, Argentina, Ireland, Scotland. Pot 3: United States, Canada, Australia. Pot 4: Japan, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Venezuela.

The pots for the draw. Image credit: U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team

With the draws having been made for the 2015 IFCPF World Championships earlier today in St Georges Park, England, Australia has been put into Group B alongside Brazil, Scotland and Venezuela. The championships are scheduled to get underway on June 13 and run until June 28 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. For the draw, Australia was put in Pot 3 with the United States, Canada and hosts England.

Group A: Ukraine, Iran, England, Japan. Group B: Russia, Republic of Ireland, Australia, Portugal. Group C: Brazil, Scotland, USA, Venezuela. Group D: The Netherlands, ARgentina, Canada, Northern Ireland.

Results of the draw in England. Image credit: U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team

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With the most recent world rankings published by the CPISRA in November 2014, Australia was ranked twelfth while Russia was ranked first, Ireland was ranked seventh and Portugal was ranked thirteenth.

 

Russia will go to England as reigning Paralympic gold medalists.  In contrast, Australia will go to England after massive cuts to their budget after the Australian Sports Commission determined that they were unlikely to be medal contenders in Rio.

 

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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