In 10 days, the 2022 Asia Oceania Championships will tip-off in Phuket, Thailand on Friday 20 May 2022.

Eleven men’s and four women’s teams will compete in the wheelchair basketball competition spread across nine days in a bid to achieve qualification to the 2022 IWBF World Championships and be crowned Zonal Champion. Due to COVID restrictions still in place across much of the region, it has meant the withdrawal of a number of countries such as China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, and India.

The four women’s teams – Australia, Japan, Iran, and hosts Thailand – will compete in a double round-robin, where all teams will play each other twice to determine the final standings of the tournament.

In the men’s competition, the preliminary stages will see the teams split across two pools (Pool A – Division 1 and Pool B – Division 2) and play a single round-robin to determine the standings of the preliminary round. The top two of Pool B will then join the six teams in Pool A to make up the quarter-final line-ups. The teams ranked 3-5 in Pool B will play a second round-robin to determine places 9-11.

The divisions are as follows:

Pool A (Division 1): Australia, Iran, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Korea
Pool B (Division 2): Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, and the Philippines

IWBF Asia Oceania Zone Secretary General, Don Perriman, said:

“With the uncertainty that still surrounds the zone due to the COVID pandemic, we are pleased that the event can go ahead thanks to the great efforts of the Local Organising Committee, the Sport Association of Wheelchair Basketball Thailand. They have gone above and beyond to ensure the tournament will take place under COVID-19 secure guidelines to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of all participants.

“I would like to also extend my thanks to all our zone members for their cooperation in finalising the details of the competition and we are now looking forward to what I have no doubt will be a fantastic Championships.”

Further Info.

Update 14/05/2022 – Due to unforeseen circumstances there has been a change of venue and the competition will now take place at the Sports Complex PSU Phuket, Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Kathu, Kathu District, Phuket 83120.

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