Earlier today, Germany named their 13 member strong men’s wheelchair basketball team for 2015 season and the upcoming important IWBF European Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Championships in August in the United Kingdom, which see the continental champions automatically qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics. The decision based on an original pool of 20 players was made national team coach Nicolai Zeltinger following a three-day training camp.
The players who survived the cut are Thomas Becker, André Bienek, Thomas Böhme, Jan Haller, Aliaksandr Halouski, Matthias Heimbach, Christopher Huber, Marcus Kietzer, Dirk Köhler, Björn Lohmann, Sebastian Magenheim, Dirk Passiwan, and Jan Sadler.
Germany finished 11th at last year’s IWBF men’s world championships in South Korea, and a number of members of that team failed to make the cut this year including Jens-Eike Albrecht, Kai Möller, Felix Schell and Marco Zwerger.
Three players are new to the national team including Minsk born Halouski who is working on finalizing his German naturalization. There are a few members of the side who were part of the German side that finished first at the 2013 IWBF Men’s Junior World Championships.
Club side RSV Lahn-Dill / Hessen did well, with many of their team members making the squad, including Böhme, Haller, Huber, Köhler, and Lohmann. Oettinger RSB Team Thüringen is also well represented by Bienek, Halouski and Magenheim.