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.