IWBF and Tokyo 2020 confirm wheelchair basketball competition schedule

The United States will open the defense of their women’s Paralympic wheelchair basketball title with a clash against reigning world champions the Netherlands at Tokyo 2020.

Organizers and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) today confirmed the schedule for the men’s and women’s events for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, which will open on August 24.

Algeria’s Group B match against China in the women’s competition is the first of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball competitions, followed by the titanic encounter between the United States and the Netherlands.

Great Britain will then face three-time Paralympic champion Canada before Australia face Japan in the second Group A match.

The women’s quarter-finals will be played on August 31, the semi-finals on September 2, and the bronze and gold medal matches on September 4.

Rio 2016 silver medalist Spain will open the men’s event with their Group A match against South Korea on August 25.

The rest of the men’s teams should be in action the next day.

Paralympic bronze medalists Turkey, Canada, Colombia and host Japan are also in Group A.

The reigning Paralympic champions United States, defending world champions Great Britain, and world bronze medalists Australia and Iran – the top four at the 2018 World Championships – are in Group B at the sides of Algeria and Germany.

The men’s quarter-finals are scheduled for September 1, with the semi-finals set to take place two days later.

The final and bronze medal match must take place before the closing ceremony on September 5.

The IWBF had been threatened that wheelchair basketball would be stripped of its place at the Games by the International Paralympic Committee following a classification dispute last year.

Musashino Forest Sports Plaza is expected to host the group matches, while Ariake Arena is expected to host the finals.

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