Wheelchair rugby schedule released for Rio 2016

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A general view of the Arena Carioca 1 at the Olympic Park.

A general view of the Arena Carioca 1 at the Olympic Park.

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By International Wheelchair Rugby Federation

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF), in partnership with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, have announced the final schedule for wheelchair rugby for September’s Paralympic Games.

The IWRF said that after consultation with the Olympic Broadcast Service, the schedule was developed to maximise national broadcaster interest in televising the sport and to ensure that the teams’ performances are not adversely affected.

Richard Allcroft, IWRF Technical Delegate for the Rio 2016 Paralympics said: “We have spent several years working towards this point and it’s exciting to think that the sport will be back on the global stage.

"Rio is an amazing city and the Brazilian people know how to create an atmosphere. I can’t wait to see the athletes in the stadium competing; the slot for Paralympic champion is open and any of the top teams in the world could take that prestigious gold medal home.”

The wheelchair rugby competition will feature eight nations: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Great Britain, Japan, Sweden and the USA.

Competition begins at 10:30 (BRT) on Wednesday, 15 September with defending Paralympic champions Australia taking on Great Britain, and host nation Brazil facing Canada to close out the first day at 19:15.

The medal matches will take place on Sunday, 18 September. All games will be held in the Carioca Arena 1.

The full competition schedule can be viewed from the IWRF’s website.


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.

Visa International is the exclusive payment card and the official payment system for the Paralympic Games.