Earlier today on Facebook, Associação Brasileira de Rugby cem Cadeira de Rodas (ABRC) published the groups for the Maximus Project Championship set to get underway later this month in Brazil. Group 1 includes Brazil, Chile and Colombia’s second team, Chocó. Group 2 includes Argentina, Paraguay and Ecuador. Group 3 includes Colombia, Peru and Uruguay. Chocó replaced Bolivia, following an announcement in July.
The groupings have been approved by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF), and placement at the tournament will be used to determine qualification and classification for next year’s Parapan American Games in Toronto.
In the lead up to the competition, ABRC has been conducting clinics with other wheelchair rugby playing nations in the region. One such event took place in late July in Paraguay.
The competition is scheduled to get underway on August 27 and end September 2. The competition has been organized by Maximus Projeto (USAID-Arcanjos), ABRC and the IWRF. Athletes will be assessed by a team of international classifiers from the Americas region, including ones from Brazil, Argentina, Canada and the United States. The referees from the competition will all be IWRF recognized ones from the Americas region, including ones from Paraguay, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia.