Wheelchair basketball fans will witness the best in the world under the age of 23 in wheelchair basketball as the next generation of Paralympic stars take part in the Men’s U23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship from June 8-16, 2017 in Toronto. Live coverage of these championships will be made possible through a partnership between the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Wheelchair Basketball Canada.
Live and on demand coverage of all of Team Canada preliminary round games and all playoff games will be available online at Facebook Live (CDNParalympics) and CBCsports.ca. All 42 games will also be streamed live via the Wheelchair Basketball Canada Facebook page (WheelchairBasketball) and online at www.2017u23wwbc.com.
World-class athletes representing 12 nations, including host Canada, will converge at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto to showcase the elite skill and athleticism that make wheelchair basketball a thrilling spectator sport and one of the most popular sports for athletes with a disability in the world.
Team Canada is in pursuit of a return to the top of the podium, having won back-to-back gold medals at the world championship for junior men in 1997 and 2001. Most recently, Canada placed sixth at the last world championship for junior men in 2013.
The event returns to Toronto in time to mark the 20-year anniversary since Canada hosted and won the inaugural world championship for junior men in Toronto in 1997.
Twelve nations will compete at the event with Canada hosting Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Turkey and the United States.