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European Wheelchair Basketball C Division Championships starts Sunday

The IWBF European Wheelchair Basketball C Division Championships are scheduled to kick off on Sunday in Lisbon at the Pavilhão Municipal do Casal Vistoso.  Teams schedule to participate include Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Ireland, Finland and Greece.

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Portugual men’s national basketball. Image credit: Federação Portuguesa de Desporto para pessoas com Deficiência

Competition officially gets underway on Monday, with Portugal opening against Bosnia and Herzegovina at 20:00 local time.   For Portugal, play continues on Tuesday when they play Finland at 20:15 local time.  They are in action again on Wednesday when they play Ireland at 15:45 local time.  On Thursday, they play Greece at 13:30 local time and then play Serbia at 20:15 local time.

 

The Portuguese squad includes Carlos Cardoso, Filipe Silva, Rui Nicolau, Filipe Carneiro, Hugo Maia, Hugo Lourenço, Pedro Gonçalves, Nuno Neves, Aníbal Costa, Nélson Oliveira, Pedro Bártolo and Márcio Dias.  A number of players have experience playing club wheelchair basketball, with five players playing for clubs in Spain and one playing in France.  This includes Carneiro, Lourenço, Gonçalves, Neves, Dias and Bártolo.

 

 

 

The top team at the end of the competition will go up to the IWBF B Division, and will be eligible to compete in the next European B Division championships.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2526 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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