Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Guide
August 19, 2021Wheelchair Rugby Canada (WRC) presents the complete guide to wheelchair rugby at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Beginning August 25th, 8 teams will compete in two pools. Canada, ranked 5th internationally, will open the tournament against Great Britain (ranked 4th internationally).
Ottawa, August 19th, 2021 – Wheelchair Rugby Canada (WRC) presents the complete guide to wheelchair rugby at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Beginning August 25th, 8 teams will compete in two pools. Canada, ranked 5th internationally, will open the tournament against Great Britain (ranked 4th internationally).
Pool A: Australia (1st); Japan (3rd); France (6th); Denmark (7th)
Pool B: USA (2nd); Great Britain (4th); Canada (5th); New Zealand (8th)
In a 3-game, round-robin format, Canada competes in Pool B against USA, Great Britain, and New Zealand. Standings are determined by points with teams awarded 2 points for a win, 0 points for losses, and 1 point for a tie at the end of regulation. In the event of a tie, 3-minute overtime(s) will commence until a winner is decided. The winning team is credited an additional point. The top 2 teams in each pool will advance to the Semifinals.
The complete Rules of the Game of Wheelchair Rugby can be found here.
Canada’s Group Stage Schedule (LIVE LOCAL TIME):
Match 1 – Great Britain vs. Canada
August 25 1:30am PT; 2:30am MT; 3:30am CT; 4:30am ET; 5:30am AT
Match 2 – Canada vs. United States
August 25 7:30pm PT; 8:30pm MT; 9:30pm CT; 10:30pm ET; 11:30pm AT
Match 3 – New Zealand vs. Canada
August 27 4:00am PT; 5:00am MT; 6:00am CT; 7:00am ET; 8:00 AT
Elimination Game Schedule:
Semifinals 1 & 7/8 Placement Seeding
August 27 7:30pm PT; 8:30pm MT; 9:30pm CT; 10:30pm ET; 11:30pm AT
August 28 1:30am PT; 2:30am MT; 3:30am CT; 4:30am ET; 5:30am AT
5/6 Placement Seeding: Canada vs. France
August 28 4:00am PT; 5:00am MT; 6:00am CT; 7:00am ET; 8:00am AT.
Bronze Medal Game
August 29 10:00pm* PT; 11:00pm* MT; 12:00am CT; 1:00am ET; 2:00am AT
*Evening August 28th game-start Western Canada.
Gold Medal Game
August 29 2:00am PT; 3:00am MT; 4:00am CT; 5:00am ET; 6:00am AT
Livestream and on-demand broadcasts will offer an additional 1000+ hours of competition coverage, and can be found on Paralympic.ca/Tokyo-2020, cbc.ca/tokyo2020 and Radio-Canada.ca/jeux-paralympiques, the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices, the free CBC Gem streaming service, and the Radio-Canada Sports app.
The full broadcast schedule can be found here.
The Paralympic Games take place from August 24th to September 5th.
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