As the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games approach, excitement is mounting for the group draw of the Wheelchair Basketball competition, set to take place on Friday, June 14, 2024. This key event, hosted by Fédération Française Handisport at the iconic Stade Charléty, will coincide with the Paris Handisport Open and begin at 10:00 AM (CEST).

The draw will determine the groupings for the qualified teams, setting the stage for fierce competition in both the Men’s and Women’s tournaments. Here’s a closer look at the pairings and how the draw process works.

Paris 2024 Pairings

Women’s Pairings:

Pairing 1: Netherlands (NED) – Great Britain (GBR)
Pairing 2: China (CHN) – Japan (JPN)
Pairing 3: United States (USA) – Canada (CAN)
Pairing 4: Spain (ESP) – Germany (GER)

Men’s Pairings:

Pairing 1: United States (USA) – Canada (CAN)
Pairing 2: Great Britain (GBR) – Spain (ESP)
Pairing 3: Netherlands (NED) – Germany (GER)
Pairing 4: Australia (AUS) – France (FRA)

The rationale behind these pairings is based on rankings within their respective zones. For the men’s competition, France, being the lowest-ranked team in their zone, is paired with Australia, the only team from their zone.

The Draw Process

The draw is designed to ensure fairness and balance in the competition. The process involves seeding to guarantee a fair distribution of teams from the same zones. Here’s how it works:

Pairing Distribution: The teams are paired based on their rankings and zones.

Group Allocation: The first country drawn from each pairing will be placed into Group A, while the second will automatically go into Group B.

Host Privilege: As the host nation, France will have the privilege to choose which pool they would like to compete in.

Watching the Draw

Tune in to the IWBF YouTube channel at 10:00 AM (CEST) on June 14 to witness the live draw and see how the groups are formed for the Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball tournaments at the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.