The Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is back at the Richmond Olympic Oval for the 6th Edition of this bi-annual event. Seven of the top teams in the World, including six teams that will be competing at the Paralympics, are participating in this Tourment. This will be the last time for these teams to compete in a major sanctioned tournament before they head to Brazil in August.
Opening Ceremonies begins June 23 at 6:30pm followed by the feature game of the night, Canada vs. Sweden. June 26 marks final day of the tournament; the marquee game will pit the two top ranked teams, Canada and the U.S., against each other which will be followed up by the Closing Ceremonies.
For a complete schedule of the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament visit http://canadacupwcrugby.com/event-info/game-schedule
About the Event
The Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament was created in 2004 by BC Wheelchair Sports Association in order to provide another elite competition opportunity in wheelchair rugby. Canada Cup takes place biannually and is considered the most prestigious wheelchair rugby tournament outside of a World Championship or Paralympic Games.
About Wheelchair Rugby
Wheelchair rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes with a mobility-related disability in at least three limbs. It is a unique sport created by athletes with a disability that combines some elements of basketball, handball, and ice hockey. The object of the game is to carry the ball across the opposing team’s goal line. Two wheels must cross the goal line for a goal to count, and the player must have firm control of the ball when he or she crosses the line. All wheelchair rugby players compete in manual wheelchairs. Players must meet the minimum disability criteria of the sport and must be classifiable under the sport classification rules.
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