Earlier today, Germany announced their preliminary 21 member strong men’s national wheelchair basketball team for the Rio Paralympics. The squad includes Jens-Eike Albrecht, André Bienek, Thomas Böhme, Nico Dreimüller, Matthias Güntner, Jan Haller, Aliaksandr Halouski, Matthias Heimbach, Christopher Huber, Oliver Jantz, Marcus Kietzer, Dirk Köhler, Björn Lohmann, Sebastian Magenheim, Marvin Malsy, Kai Möller, Dirk Passiwan, Jan Sadler, Sebastian Sauer, Leon-Ole Schöneberg, Philip Schorp, Oliver Hoffmann, Florian Mach, and Teemu Partanen. Cuts to bring the squad down to size for Rio will be made during a second phase, closer to the Games. A training camp for the German men has been scheduled for March.
The team is stacked with international experience, and extensive experience in Germany’s domestic league, Bundesligaspieler. All 12 members of the squad who won bronze at last year’s IWBF Men’s European Championship were named to the team. Two players, Kai Möller and Jens-Eike Albrecht, are with the team from Germany’s 2014 IWBF Men’s World Championship team.
Beyond the 21 players named to the squad, an additional three players with no international experience for Germany are with the team. These players are Oliver Hoffmann, Florian Mach and Teemu Partanen. These players are either awaiting German nationality or permission to compete on the international level.