The Official Draw for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games wheelchair rugby competition will take place on Wednesday, April 28th. The ceremony will be held in Sheffield, UK and the random draw will be conducted by the IWRF Competitions Committee.
Coverage of the draw will be aired live through the IWRF YouTube channel, and will begin at 6am EST.
Canada are seeded 5th in the draw. The team secured qualification for the Tokyo Games by defeating Colombia in a playoff at the 2020 IWRF Paralympic Qualification tournament.
Nations will be seeded for the draw based on their relative standings on the IWRF World Ranking List as of 17th April, 2021 as follows:
During the draw, a system for selecting a random Nation will be used. The authenticity and suitability of the system has been confirmed by IWRF.
The process for the draw is as follows:
- The teams seeded 1st and 2nd will be drawn first. The first team drawn will be allocated to Pool The remaining team will be allocated to Pool B.
- The teams seeded 5th and 6th will be drawn second. The first team drawn will be allocated to Pool The remaining team will be allocated to Pool B.
- The teams seeded 7th and 8th will be drawn third. The first team drawn will be allocated to Pool The remaining team will be allocated to Pool B.
- Following the third draw, the Host Nation for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be invited to choose the Pool they wish to be allocated to. The remaining team, seeded 4th, will be allocated to the other pool.
In the event the Host team is unable to attend or confirm their decision during the draw, the following process will replace step 4 above:
The teams seeded 3rd and 4th will be drawn. The first team drawn will be allocated to Pool A. The remaining team will be allocated to Pool B.
ABOUT THE IWRF
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is the governing body responsible for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. We were first established in 1993, as a sport section of the International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation, which today is known as International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports. In January 2010, the IWRF became an independent sport federation and is now a member of the International Paralympic Committee.
The purpose of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation is to help develop, promote, and regulate the sport of Wheelchair Rugby on a global basis. The sport is currently played in more than 30 countries with many others in development.
To learn more about the IWRF, visit their website HERE
ABOUT WHEELCHAIR RUGBY CANADA
Wheelchair Rugby Canada is the national governing body for the Canadian Heritage Sport of wheelchair rugby. Wheelchair Rugby Canada strives to be a world-leader in wheelchair rugby, a respected advocate for wheelchair athletes and a visionary organization committed to excellence in programs from recruitment to retirement.
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