Following the conclusion of the 2020 Afro Paralympic Qualifiers, the line-up for the men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball competition at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games has been finalised.

Algeria men’s and women’s teams both won the 2020 Afro Paralympic Qualifiers in Johannesburg to complete the field.

Men’s Competition

In the men’s competition, twelve teams will be drawn into two groups of six, playing in a round robin in the preliminary stage with the top four in each group making their way through to the quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final.

First to qualify for the men’s competition were the USA, Canada, and Colombia from the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. The European Zone were next with Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, and Germany securing their ticket. In the Asia Oceania Zone, Australia, Korea, and Iran are joined by hosts Japan, with Algeria taking the final spot.

Teams qualified for Tokyo 2020 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Competition

Africa: Algeria
Americas: USA, Canada, Colombia
Asia Oceania: Australia, Korea, Iran, Japan
Europe: Great Britain, Spain, Turkey, Germany



Women’s Competition

Ten teams will compete in the women’s competition, split across two groups of five. They will play a round-robin in the preliminary stage to decide the top four placings in each group followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

World Champions Netherlands were first to secure their place at the Paralympic Games at the Women’s European Championships alongside Great Britain, Germany, and Spain. Canada and the USA were next to confirm their spots coming first and second respectively at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. China and Australia topped the Asia Oceania Championships to join hosts Japan. Finally, it was Algeria who claimed the last spot from the Afro Paralympic Qualifiers.

Teams qualified for Tokyo 2020 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Competition

Africa: Algeria
Americas: Canada, USA
Asia Oceania: China, Australia, Japan
Europe: Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Spain


Updated –  17th March 2020

Having carefully monitored the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) along with the Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Federation (JWBF) have reluctantly taken the difficult decision to postpone the draw for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games wheelchair basketball competition. Click here for further information on the postponement.