What to watch: July 2014

With world championships in goalball, wheelchair basketball and shooting, June offers much more than just football fever to fans around the world. 02 Jul 2014
Abdi Jama

Abdi Jama captained Great Britain's men's team at the 2013 IWBF European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Frankfurt, Germany.

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IBSA Goalball World Championships (30 June - 6 July in Espoo, Finland)

The men’s Paralympic gold medallists from London 2012, Finland, are bidding to become world champions on home soil at the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Espoo, Finland. After an early wobble against Czech Republic, they have made a good recovery and are currently unbeaten in the last three games. In the women’s tournament, China have made a steady start in retaining their world championship title, winning one and drawing the other in their opening two games. For the full competition schedule and results, visit the official website of the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Espoo. Fans can also watch live via the Finnish National Television (YLE) sport website.

Wimbledon, wheelchair tennis (4-6 July in Wimbledon, Great Britain)

A trio of British tennis players will be looking to secure glory on home soil at Wimbledon 2014. In the women’s doubles, Britain’s Jordanne Whiley and Japan’s Yui Kamiji face Germany’s Katharina Kruger and the Netherlands’ Sharon Walraven. Meanwhile, Germany’s Sabine Ellerbrook and Britain’s Lucy Shuker face the Dutch pairing of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot. Britain’s Gordan Reid also competes in the gentlemen’s doubles with his partner Tom Egberink from the Netherlands against France’s Stephane Houdet and Japan’s Shingo Kuneida. In the other semi-final France’s Frederic Cattaneo and Belgium’s Joachim Gerard face the Dutch pair of Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink. You can keep up with the results on the Wimbledon website, and watch live in Great Britain on BBC TV and the website.

IWBF Men’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships (5-12 July in Incheon, Korea)

Australia will be looking to defend their world championship crown in Incheon, Korea, but will face many tough tests along the way. With Paralympic gold medallists Canada not competing, it will be Australia, silver medallists at London 2012, who will be favourites. However, there are a number of top teams competing, including the USA, who took bronze at the last world championships, and current European champions Great Britain. Argentina also return to the competition for the first time in 20 years. Fans can keep up to date on the official website.

IPC Shooting World Championships (18-27 July in Suhl, Germany)

Suhl will play host to this year’s IPC Shooting World Championships in what is set to be a record breaking competition for the sport, with a total of 268 athletes from 55 countries entered to compete. The event is welcoming 13 countries for the first time and also boasts a 10 per cent increase in female participation. To accompany this record breaking tournament, a new look website has been launched for the 2014 IPC Shooting World Championships http://www.paralympic.org/suhl-2014, where you can keep up to date with all the latest results and rankings.

CPISRA Football 7-a-Side European Championships (20 July - 4 August in Maia, Portugal)

Portugal is playing host to the biggest European championships ever, with 11 teams competing for the European crown. Paralympic gold medallists from London 2012 Russia will be favourites heading into the tournament, whilst hosts Portugal have been drawn alongside England and Ukraine. Keep up to date with the event on the official tournament website.

European Para-Archery Championships (26 July - 3 August in Nottwil, Switzerland)

Philippe Horner, a winner of Paralympic, world and European medals in previous years for Switzerland, has switched nationalities and will now be competing for France at the 2014 European Para-Archery Championships as he looks to retain his title. Home favourite Martin Imboden will also be hopeful of glory on home soil at the competition in Nottwil, Switzerland. You can keep up to date with the event on the official website.