November 29, 2015

India's 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship to tip-off in Delhi on December 2

The Wheelchair Basketball Federation of India (WBFI) is set to hold its 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship in New Delhi from December 2-6 at Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex. The WBFI is organizing the championship in partnership with the Sports Authority of India (SAI), the Government of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The championship will coincide with the International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3.

The WBFI are the governing and overseeing body of wheelchair basketball in India. Last year, they held several basketball workshops around the country and the first national wheelchair basketball tournament in Chennai, which was won by Maharashtra.

Both Men and Women's teams will participate in the tournament; the men's championship will feature nine state teams, while in the women's section, two teams from mixed states will play against each other. Additionally, an exhibition match for children wheelchair basketball players will be held as well.

Participating Men's teams for 2nd National Wheelchair Basketball Championship: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh.

The opening ceremony will be held on December 2nd 2015, at 11 am, starting with an exhibition match by children from the Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust. Several dignitaries from the Government, Corporates and NGOs will grace the opening and closing ceremony as well as witness the championship prosper.

The WBFI hopes to send an Indian Wheelchair Basketball Team to the 2020 Tokyo Summer Paralympics, as well as prepare Indian Wheelchair Basketball for more international tournaments.

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