Rio 2016 wheelchair rugby draws revealed

No. 1 Canada leads Pool A, while the USA will headline Pool B. 03 Jun 2016
USA v Canada wheelchair rugby

Derrick Helton #13 of the United States attempts to get the ball from Jared Funk #13 of Canada during the mixed wheelchair rugby open semi-final at London 2012.

By International Wheelchair Rugby Federation

The draw for the wheelchair rugby competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games were revealed on Thursday (2 June) in Sheffield, Great Britain, under the supervision of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Competitions Committee.

The eight qualified teams were drawn into two pools. The draw was done in pairs, with the pairs seeded based on the current IWRF World Ranking list. One team from each pair was drawn into each pool. The host country for the Paralympic Games, Brazil, was given their choice of pools after the first three pairs were drawn, with France being assigned the other pool.

The results of the draw are:

Pool A

Canada (1)

Australia (4)

Great Britain (5)

Brazil (19)

Pool B

USA (2)

Japan (3)

Sweden (6)

France (7)

(Bracketed numbers represent current positions on the IWRF World Ranking List)

A video of the draw can be found on the IWRF’s website.

At the Rio Paralympics, each pool will play a single round-robin, with the top two teams from each pool proceeding to the medal round. The competition schedule for Rio 2016 will be prepared by IWRF in consultation with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee in the coming weeks.


Sport fans from around the world can now buy their Paralympic tickets for Rio 2016 from authorised ticket resellers (ATRs)

The IPC’s Global ATR is Jet Set Sports, and Rio 2016 tickets and packages can be purchased on the CoSport website.

Residents of Brazil can buy 2016 Paralympics tickets directly from the Rio 2016 website.