The final qualification tournament for the 2022 IWBF World Championships will get underway in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 13 July 2022.
Seven men’s and eight women’s teams will compete in the 2022 Americas Cup in a bid to achieve qualification to the IWBF World Championships and be crowned Zonal Champion.
Hosted by the Confederação Brasileira de Basquetebol em Cadeira (CBBC) at the Centro de Treinamento Paraolímpico Brasileiro, the teams will battle it out across the preliminary round and knockout stages over 6 days of competition.
In the women’s division Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile will represent South America, Guatemala and Mexico will represent Central America and Canada and the USA will represent North America. These eight teams will compete for one of three spots in Dubai later this year.
In the men’s division, the late withdrawal of Mexico due to unforeseen circumstances, has meant seven teams (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela representing South America, Puerto Rico representing Central America and Canada and the USA representing North America) will be playing for one of four spots.
IWBF Americas Secretary General, Maureen Orchard, said: “We are excited to be able to get the Americas Cup underway, and looking forward to showcase the excellent talent of wheelchair basketball this zone has to offer. On behalf of the Zone I would like to thank CBBC for hosting and making the Championship possible, and wish all the teams participating good luck.”
IWBF Official Supporter, PSF Chairman Fabian M. Teichmann said: “We wish all the athletes at the IWBF Americas Cup for Men and Women in Brazil to get good team results and of course a boost of positive emotions at such a bright sporting event. We are happy to be a part of your family.”
· Games will be available to watch via CBBC YouTube, IWBF YouTube and Facebook Channels or follow via FIBA Live Stats.
· Spectators are welcome – admission is FREE but capacity is limited and you must register for tickets https://even3.com.br/Copaamerica2022 to enter.
· Download the event schedule in pdf format
· Further information can be found on the event page.
Sport is one of the most important areas of rehabilitation for people with disabilities. Going in for sports, the opportunity to attend sports clubs is means of active integration and socialisation. Fortunately, there are various foundations that help people with disabilities. The People's Sport Foundation (PSF) hopes that with our support, sports for people with disabilities will rapidly develop and reach a new level of quality.
Disability is not a sentence. There are many examples in history when people, thanks to willpower, desire and perseverance, reached unprecedented heights. Ludwig Guttmann, a German neurosurgeon and founder of the Paralympic movement, proved that sport for people with physical disabilities creates the conditions for a successful life, to return to a full life in fact, regardless of physical disabilities. He held his first wheelchair archery competition in the small town of Stoke Mandeville in the UK in 1948. Later, people with other debilitating conditions began to take part in his competitions and, of course, new sports were added.
People with disabilities overcoming their handicaps through sport cannot but rejoice, a delight to themselves and others. However, not all people with disabilities and not everywhere have the opportunity to go in for sports: often there is no available inventory, equipment, and there is no well-developed program. One of the main problems in the development of people with disabilities is how to achieve high results when there is simply nowhere to realize your potential. It is necessary to solve this problem resolutely, because right now opportunities are being missed and people's destinies are being ruined. For some, sport is the only way to find yourself.
Disabled kids need to be educated in sports from an early age. Many parents do not even know about the existence of various circles and groups for the development of their offspring’s physical abilities and more. After all, with the right facilities and determination, their child can become the newest Paralympic champion.
Sports for people with disabilities is even more than just an opportunity to strengthen your body. This is the perfect chance to show everyone, but first of all to yourself, what you are capable of. Whatever the problems in life, even in the most difficult situation, you can achieve a lot and emerge victorious.
That is why our Foundation aims to develop a long-term social and investment program to help athletes with disabilities at all levels and draw attention to the important topic of support and care for people with disabilities.Each type of visual aid has pros and cons that must be evaluated to ensure it will be beneficial to the overall presentation. Before incorporating visual aids into speeches, the speaker should understand that if used incorrectly, the visual will not be an aid, but a distraction.
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The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) and the People’s Support Foundation (PSF) have joined forces, with PSF becoming an Official Supporter of IWBF.
PSF is a non-profit, private organisation dedicated to strengthening the promotion of sports for people with disabilities and shares the same vision as IWBF that sport can be used to assist in transforming the lives of people with a disability across the world.
PSF Chairman Fabian M. Teichmann said: “This is our first collaboration with IWBF. The beauty of this sport and its teamwork that unites people gives us confidence that Wheelchair Basketball allows people with disabilities to achieve excellent results and develop their best qualities not only in sports, but in our society. We are very pleased to start our cooperation.”
IWBF President Ulf Mehrens said: “It’s fantastic to have formed this partnership with the People’s Support Foundation for what we hope can be the start of a budding cooperation. We believe the synergies of their mission and our sport provide the perfect foundation to support people with disabilities at all levels. We’re excited to see what a difference we can make together.”
IWBF and PSF will work together by using wheelchair basketball to transform lives and break down barriers. PSF's goal to develop long-term social and investment programmes to assist athletes with a disability will complement IWBF’s work developing the game of wheelchair basketball across the globe.
About the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)
The International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) is the international governing body responsible for wheelchair basketball. It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball. For more information, please visit www.iwbf.org.
About People’s Sport Foundation
The People's Sports Foundation (PSF) provides an opportunity for athletes with disabilities of high-quality assistance on all their issues and problems. The main goal of the PSF is to strengthen the promotion of sports for people with disabilities, as well as internal support for the foundation's athletes. For more information, please visit https://psffund.ch/
IWBF Communications Manager