31 January, 2020

British Wheelchair Basketball Statement

As a sport we are committed to adhering to the agreed Classification Code for the Paralympic Games.  Over the last number of months British Wheelchair Basketball has been in communication with our International Federation (IWBF) regarding their classification work with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Today’s announcement impacts wheelchair basketball on a global scale and we are shocked by the news.  However, our position remains unchanged that classification is the cornerstone of our sport and we are committed to meeting the approved Classification Code for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

It is the welfare of these athletes that is now paramount whilst work continues, and our primary focus, as ever, is to continue to support our players over the coming months during this transition and as the squads prepare for Tokyo.

It is unacceptable that the IPC and IWBF have left our sport, nationally and globally, in such a precarious position so close to the Tokyo Paralympics.  British Wheelchair Basketball will continue to work tirelessly with other nations to ensure IWBF make the changes required to meet the classification requirements as determined by the IPC.

The GB team’s are amongst the best in the World and the Paralympics is the premier sporting event in our International Calendar.  Our dedicated athletes have worked hard to secure Great Britain’s place at the 2020 Paralympics, with a firm focus now on delivering podium successes in Tokyo.

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