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Wheelchair basketball venue in Rio impresses parts of the Paralympic community

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Rio wheelchair basketball venue. Image credit: Malik Abes‎

IWBF-Europe development commission member and Swedish men’s wheelchair baskeball team head coach Malik Abes‎ is currently in Rio, and getting a look at the 2016 Summer Paralympics venue for wheelchair basketball. He sounds impressed with the quality of the facilities.  Other members of the community have responded positively to pictures of the venue he has shared on social media.



Wheelchair basketball is scheduled to kick off at the 2016 Games on September 8.  On the men’s side, Algeria, Australia, Iran, Japan, the United States, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Turkey, Netherlands and Spain have all qualified to compete.  On the women’s side, Algeria, China, United States, Canada, Argentina, France, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and Brazil have also secured spots for Rio.


Other people involved with the Paralympic movement are currently in Rio, including Liesl Tesch.  The former Australian wheelchair national basketball team player turned Paralympic sailor is in town sailing on Guanabara Bay.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 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. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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