With registration for the World Deaf Basketball Championships having closed on July 3, World Deaf Basketball announced today on Facebook that a qualifying game would be required for the men’s competition as seventeen teams expressed interest for sixteen available spots.
The established process for determining who gets the final spot is based on international ranking, which in this case necessitates a playoff between Great Britain and Poland. The qualification rules say it should be a two leg play off, and should be organized by the European Deaf Sport Organization.
Men’s team that have registered for the competition and that are not required to gain access through qualification include Australia, Argentina, Greece, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, the United States and Venezuela. While there were sixteen available slots, only eleven women’s teams registered and are now eligible to compete. They include Greece, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, Chinese Taipei, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States.
The 2015 Deaf Basketball World Championships are scheduled to take place in Taoyuan, Taiwan from July 4 to 15.