hings are getting serious this summer when Europe’s best wheelchair rugby players come together in Koblenz. 144 athletes from eight nations will compete in the IWRF 2017 European Championship in the Conlog Arena from 24th June to 2nd July. Teams from Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland and Sweden will join defending champions Great Britain and hosts Germany and play for the title.
hen it comes to wheelchair rugby, there is a lot of excitement. Speeding up, getting into position and not being hit by the opponent – all this makes for one of the most spectacular and hardest Paralympic sports not for the faint-hearted. And not for vulnerable material either, as wheel changes in the middle of the game are no exceptions.
he sport has been invented in Canada in the 1970s. Meanwhile, wheelchair rugby is played in 29 nations all over the world and is included in the Paralympic Games competition programme since 2000. It is played indoors on a regulation sized basketball court with four players per team, both female and male athletes. The majority of wheelchair rugby players have spinal cord injuries which have resulted in full or partial paralysis of the legs and partial paralysis of the arms. The aim of the game is to score by crossing the 8-metre-wide goal line in control of the ball. As the opponent is clearly intending to hold the other team from scoring, thrilling duels and exciting games are guaranteed.
fter they have missed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the German national team with head coach Christoph Werner approaches to surprise and take advantage of their home field. Admission to the Conlog Arena in Koblenz is at no charge for all five competition days from 27th June to 1st July – the best opportunity for a live experience of this fascinating sport and to cheer on your favourite team.