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29 May 2016

Draw for Rio 2016 Wheelchair Rugby to take place June 2

The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation will conduct the draw for the Wheelchair Rugby competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on Thursday, June 2, 2016. The draw will take place in Sheffield, United Kingdom, under the supervision of the IWRF Competitions Committee.


The eight qualified teams will be drawn into two pools for the Rio competition. The draw will be done in pairs, with the pairs seeded based on the current IWRF World Ranking list. One team from each pair will be drawn into each pool:


Pair 1                     Canada (1)                       United States (2)

Pair 2                     Japan (3)                          Australia (4)

Pair 3                     Great Britain (5)                Sweden (6)

Pair 4                     France (7)                         Brazil* (19)


* The host country for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Brazil, will be given their choice of pools after the first three pairs have been drawn, with France being assigned the other pool.


The results of the draw, and a recording of the draw process will be published on the IWRF web site at 13:00 UTC, on Friday, June 3, 2016.


At the Rio Paralympics, each pool will play a single round-robin, with the top two teams from each pool proceeding to the medal round. The competition schedule for Rio 2016 will be prepared by IWRF in consultation with the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee following the draw.


  • Download the Rio 2016 Wheelchair Rugby Draw Process HERE.
  • For more information contact IWRF HERE.

About the IWRF
The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) is the governing body responsible for the sport of Wheelchair Rugby. Our mission is to grow and support the global wheelchair rugby family, with a vision to be a world leader in wheelchair sport. For more information please visit our website at www.iwrf.com