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London 2012 Paralympic Games


The Paralympic Games are the second largest sporting event in the world following the Olympics. In 2012, the Paralympics will be staged in London from August 29-September 9th, and will be the biggest ever with a record 4,200 athletes from 165 countries competing in 20 sports. The Olympic Park has been developed in the Stratford area of London, and will host thousands of people throughout July, August and September.


Wheelchair Rugby at the London Paralympics will feature eight teams made up of both men and women – it is a mixed sport – who will begin the competition in two groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals, and the semi-final winners will then go head-to-head to compete for Gold.

Based in the fantastic Basketball Arena, competition will take place from the 5th to the 9th of September for Wheelchair Rugby. As the only sport based in the Basketball Arena during this period, we fully expect to see the 10,000 seats being filled to capacity to view our dynamic sport.

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The schedule for the 2012 Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby competition has been released. The 8 teams competing for Gold in London are Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Japan, Sweden, United States, and host country Great Britain. While each of the 8 teams has the potential to end up on the podium in London, the crowds at the Basketball Arena are guaranteed to enjoy the fantastic metal on metal action.


For those who can't make it to London, the International Paralympic Committee will provide unprecedented webcasting of the games at www.paralympic.org. The IWRF will also have extensive coverage of wheelchair rugby on its own website at www.iwrf.com.



Demand for Wheelchair Rugby tickets was unprecedented and resulted in a sell out of reserved seats for each of the five days of competition. Olympic Park Day Passes - which give "first-come, first-served" access to general admission seating may still be available for purchase. Olympic Park Day Passes also allow holders general admission to other venues within the Olympic Park. For more information on tickets please visit www.tickets.london2012.com 



Information for IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Nations who have qualified for the London Paralympics.


Key Documents
  • Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Explanatory Guide

    This document was developed by LOCOG and outlines the lead up to the games. The guide provides important information, dates and deadlines for teams, and is only availabile through your National Paralympic Committee (NPC).

  • London 2012 Paralympic Games Classification Guide
    Availability - Download Here
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games Doping Control Guide
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  • Other Important IPC Guides and Policies
    Availability - Download Here
  • IWRF Classification Manual
    Availability - Download Here
  • IWRF Wheelchair Rugby International Rules 2010
    Availability - Download Here
  • IWRF Competition Regulations - Sept 2010
    Availability - Download Here

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The rules of Wheelchair Rugby are written for IWRF sanctioned events. Competitions outside of these events can and do change the rules to suit their competitions.
Member nations were asked to provide feedback to their Zone representatives by 24 November 2017. The following summarizes those comments and feedback received, and the CC response to these.

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2018 Vancouver Invitational
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