The team is scheduled to play their opening game on the morning of June 30 against. They are scheduled to play their second game of pool play against later that afternoon. Their remaining games in pool play are against , , , and .
The members of the team are Bruno Vanhove, Tom Vanhove, Klison Mapreni, Youssef Bihi, Wassime Amnir and Glenn Van Thournout. They are coached by Jean Claude Meulemans and Werner Van Thournout. 30-year-old teammates Bruno and Tom Vanhove are sextuplet brothers, who have been part of the national goalball program for about ten years. Three of the sextuplets, including Bruno and Tom, are visually impaired. When playing, Bruno can throw the ball at speeds of up to 60/hour, while Tom can throw the ball at just under 55 km/hour.
Last month, with all but one of the same roster scheduled to compete at the World Championships, the national team competed at the Belgian-hostedParalympic Championships. They lost to 7–11, defeated 11–5, lost to the 3–13, defeated the 10–5, narrowly lost to 5–6, and lost to Lithuania 6–13.
Goalball was created in 1946, exclusively for people with a visual disability and designed to help with the rehabilitation of veterans returning fromWorld War II. Play in the Paralympics consists of two twelve-minute periods, with a three minute break between halves. Players are blindfolded to ensure all are equally visually handicapped on-court, and the game can be stopped to ensure goggles are properly fitted. Standing in front of a long goal, they throw the ball at the opposition team’s net who in turn try to block it by listening to the ball, which contains a bell, and using their bodies to prevent the ball from going in. The audience is asked to remain silent during play.