Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and France have all secured their place at the Paralympic Games after reaching the semi-finals of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, currently taking place in Worcester.
The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which is the qualification tournament for the European zone for the sport, saw seven women’s teams battle it out in hope to play at wheelchair basketball’s most prestigious tournament.
The teams have been decided with three games of the pool stage left to play; Netherlands won all their games to finish top of the group, whilst GB beat Spain to ensure their position in the top four alongside France and Germany.
GB Women’s Head Coach, Miles Thompson, said: “The fact that we have qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games is fantastic and we’re so fortunate to have the backing of the National Lottery through UK Sport, which allows us to train and live full time as basketball players to be able get this opportunity.”
Germany’s Head Coach, Holger Glinicki, said “We had four spots in Europe, so we knew going to Rio was a clear goal and it’s good that we have qualified but that doesn’t mean anything for here, so we now have to concentrate on the semi-final.”
The Netherlands’ Head Coach, Gertjan van der Linden, said “After London, three years ago, we went away knowing this was the tournament to get our spot for Rio, we secured it already and now will be focusing on the European Championships. We are looking forward to Rio, but first we need to concentrate on what happens over here in Worcester to get our number one spot and after that we will see what happens!”
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