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Wheelchair Rugby (Paralympic Games)

08-28-2012 16:41 BJT

Wheelchair Rugby first appeared in the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games, when it featured as a demonstration sport. Its debut as a full medal event followed at Sydney 2000, when the US beat Australia 32-31 to win the gold medal.

The Wheelchair Rugby competition will see eight highly-motivated teams square off in a fiercely competitive battle for gold.

Wheelchair Rugby was invented in 1977 by a group of Canadian quadriplegic athletes, who were looking for an alternative to Wheelchair Basketball that would allow players with reduced arm and hand function to participate on equal terms. The sport they created, which incorporates some elements of Basketball, Handball and Ice Hockey, has since grown into a thrilling and intense spectacle, and is enormously popular with Paralympic spectators around the world.

Competition dates

5 – 9 September

Competition venue

Olympic Park – Basketball Arena

Number of competitors: 96

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source:

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