Wheelchair Rugby is played indoors on a regulation-size Basketball court by teams of four, using a white ball identical in size and shape to a volleyball. The object of the game is to carry the ball across the opposition’s goal line. Contact between wheelchairs is permitted, but physical contact is outlawed. The result is a fast-moving sport that requires plenty of skill and toughness from its competitors.
The Wheelchair Rugby tournament at London 2012 will feature eight teams made up of both men and women – it is a mixed sport – who will begin the competition in two groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals, and the semi-final winners will then go head-to-head for the gold.