Twenty-two International Technical Officials from eighteen countries will be part of history made after being selected to officiate at the inaugural IWBF 2020 3×3 Open World Championships being hosted at the IWAS World Games in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.

Luc Vergoossen (NED) will lead the team of officials as the Technical Delegate for the competition, which will take place between the 23rd – 28th February. Vergoossen, who heads up IWBF’s 3×3 Competition Sub-Committee, brings a wealth of 3×3 experience from the running game to support the delivery of IWBF’s first ever international major 3×3 competition.

He will be supported by a Tournament Technical Committee of Don Perriman (AUS), Norbert Kucera (GER), and Cristian Roja (ITA), as well as Marloes Renskers (NED) who will be the Technical Event Manager for the competition

IWBF’s Chair of the Classification Commission, Regina Costa (POR), will supervise a panel of four other classifiers: Vaidas Stravinskas (LTU), Tan Trien Dinh (FRA), Hiroshi Tsunemi (JPN), and Jolanta Marszalek (POL) to handle the Championships’ classification.

Eight referees will be responsible for officiating the games: Pedro Vasquez (CHI), Fengqin Wang (CHN), Yoshiko Menda (JPN), Chih-Hsin Hsiao (TPE), Farshad Hashemi (IRI), Aleksei Dyev (RUS), Pandora Wesolowska (POL), and Natascha Onono (RSA). Acting as the referee supervisors for the tournament are Jorge Bestilleiro (ARG) and Edwin Wallaart (NED).

The Game Commissioners will be Kean Koo Ang (MAS) and Rui Marques (BRA).

IWBF’s Secretary General, Norbert Kucera, said:

“It is an exciting step for IWBF to be able announce the team of officials that will be part of our first ever 3×3 Open World Championships.

“Establishing the 3×3 Open World Championships is a milestone for the sport and we believe it will kickstart the 3×3 game in wheelchair basketball, opening opportunities at both the elite competition level as well as development level to engage new participants and audiences to the sport.

“IWBF has received great support from FIBA, especially their 3×3 department, to not only ensure that the 3×3 Open World Championships is a success but also to drive the sport forward and in future offer opportunities of working together.

“We must thank IWAS for giving us this opportunity to host the championships at their World Games and we look forward to delivering with them what we hope will be a groundbreaking event.”