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29 March 2012

World's Largest Wheelchair Rugby Tournament Begins

Since 1999, the Bernd Best Tournament has offered teams from around the world the chance to come together and compare their sporting prowess in Cologne, Germany. With four levels of competition, the tournament is the most important meeting point in the rugby scene, and the only event of its size. No other regularly held event offers wheelchair rugby devotees the chance to meet up, play competitively, and talk shop.


The 14th annual Bernd Best tournament kicks off on Friday, March 30th, and will feature 50 teams from throughout Europe. The three-day tournament offers four levels of competition; the Champions League, the Professional League, the Advanced League and the Basic League. Teams are assigned to each league based on their strengths and experience, which helps to assure that all games will be fairly matched.


One of the great things about Bernd Best is that there’s a place for everyone. From first year teams and players, to elite teams loaded with Paralympic level athletes, everyone will get court time. And with 120 games to be contested in three different venues, even the most finicky fan will find a game that they want to watch. For those who won’t be in Cologne, the organizers will be webcasting the Championship matches from three of the four leagues live on Sunday, April 1st.


For more information on the world’s largest wheelchair rugby tournament, as well as the webcast schedule, visit the Bernd Best website at www.bernd-best-turnier.d