After being postponed twice in the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IWBF Europe have announced the new dates for the Men’s U23 European Championship.

The Italian Wheelchair Basketball Federation (FIPIC), who were originally awarded the honour of hosting the Championship in the summer of 2020, will retain the hosting duties in Lignano Sabbiadoro for the revised dates of 13 June – 18 June 2021.

The Championship is the European Zone’s Qualification Tournament for the Men’s U23 World Championship, which is scheduled to take place in Chiba, Japan next year.

Seven countries will fight for the U23 European title – Turkey, Germany, Spain, Poland, France, Italy, and Israel – with the top five taking the five qualification spots available for the U23 World Championship.

All players born on or after 1 January 1999 are eligible to compete.

Initially the Women’s U25 European Championship was also included. However, due to the low number of interested teams, IWBF Europe had to take the difficult decision to cancel the women’s competition for this year.

FIPIC and the Local Organising Committee, in collaboration with IWBF Europe, are ensuring special measures are taken at the event to proceed with the health and safety of everyone participating in mind.

Photo credit: FIPIC – Claudio Di Renzo