Honduras and Guatemala have withdrawn from participating in the 2018 Men’s Central Americas and Caribbean Championships, which was set to start on Tuesday 23rd October.

The format of the competition has now been changed to a round robin followed by placing games, and consequently, the start date of the Championships has been brought forward by one day, and will now start on Monday 22nd October.

All teams will play each other once in a round robin to determine the positions for the final placing games which will take place on Saturday 27th October.

Six teams, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador and Dominican Republic will now compete for two places in the Lima 2019 Parapan Am Games.

Mexico will be looking to defend their title from 2016 where they defeated Puerto Rico in the final, with El Salvador finishing third after beating Nicaragua for the bronze.

IWBF Americas’ Competition Officer, Steve Bach, said, “We are really looking forward to returning to Costa Rica for the CentroBasket. The continued development of wheelchair basketball in these regions will ensure we are in for a competitive tournament as all teams bid for a spot in Lima.

“I know that Andres Carvajal Fournier and Wualter Soto from the organizing committee are all ready for the tournament and are hoping that the fans will come out and boost the home team make it into the semi-finals.

“IWBF Americas is disappointed that Guatemala and now Honduras have had to withdraw at such late notice. We hope they are able to resolve the issues that are preventing them from competing to come back and participate in future tournaments.”

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