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2022 IWBF World Championships

June 9, 2023 - June 20, 2023

2022 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships originally scheduled for 16 – 27 November 2022 have been postponed until 9 – 20 June 2023.

Hosts United Arab Emirates will welcome over 300 international wheelchair basketball players representing 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams to compete over twelve days of competition at the showcase event.



About the World Championships

About the World Championships

The Emirates will host, for the first time, the World Championships from 9th – 20th June.

The World Championships is the showcase international competition for wheelchair basketball contested by the best men’s and women’s national teams from across the world. The event is held every four years with the previous Championships in 2018 taking place in Hamburg, Germany. https://iwbf.org/world-championships/


Qualification for the World Championships

The qualification tournaments for the 2022 World Championships took place in all four Zones:

The Zonal spots for each competition were determined from the final standings of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Final qualification places for the 2022 World Championships.

Zone Men Women
Africa 1 1
Americas 4 3
Asia Oceania* 6 4
Europe 5 4
  16 12

*including UAE as Host Nation in both Men and Women

Qualified Teams:


Women: Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands & Spain

Men: France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and the Netherlands


Women: Algeria

Men: Egypt


Women: Australia, Japan, Thailand*, China*

Men: Australia, Iran, Korea, Thailand, Iraq, United Arab Emirates


Women: Canada, USA, Brazil

Men: USA, Argentina, Canada, Brazil

*China and Thailand replace their zonal counterpart Iran and United Arab Emirates in the women’s competition.


The groups for the 2022 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships were decided in a ceremony held at the Dubai Sports Council on Wednesday 8 February, 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams discovered who they would meet in the preliminary stages of the competition.

The confirmed groups are:

Women’s Competition

  • Group A: Algeria, USA, Thailand, Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands
  • Group B: Brazil, Canada, China, Australia, Spain, and Great Britain

Click here for Team Rosters

Men’s Competition

  • Group A: Australia, Italy, Brazil, and the United Arab Emirates
  • Group B: Egypt, Germany, Canada, and Thailand
  • Group C: Netherlands, Argentina, South Korea, and France
  • Group D: USA, Great Britain, Iran, and Iraq

Click here for Team Rosters


UPDATE AS OF  05/05/2023

The 2022 World Championships will take place in the Dubai World Trade Centre.

For over four decades, Dubai World Trade Centre has been the hub for business , trade and sports events.

Competition Schedule

9/6/2023 – 17:30 (GST) – Opening Ceremony
9/6/2023 – 14/6/2023 – Men’s Group Games & Women’s Group Games
15/6/2023 – Men’s Final 16 / Women’s Group Games
16/6/2023 – Men’s Quarter Finals / Women’s Group Games
17/6/2023 – Men’s Classification Games / Women’s Quarter Finals
18/6/2023 – Men’s and Women’s Semi-Finals / Women’s Classification & Placing Games
19/6/2023 – Placing Games (Men 5-12, Women 5-8)
20/6/2023 – Men’s and Women’s Medal Games (Gold and Bronze Games)

Women's Final Standings
  1. Netherlands
  2. China
  3. USA
  4. Germany
  5. Canada
  6. Australia
  7. Japan
  8. Spain
  9. Great Britain
  10. Brazil
  11. Thailand
  12. Algeria
Men's Final Standings
  1. USA
  2. Great Britain
  3. Iran
  4. Netherlands
  5. Italy
  6. Canada
  7. Australia
  8. Germany
  9. France
  10. Brazil
  11. Argentina
  12. Thailand
  13. Korea
  14. Egypt
  15. Iraq
  16. United Arab Emirates
Live Stream

All games will be available to watch via IWBF YouTube Channels.

Championship Ball

The Molten Basketball to be used at the event will remain the same as the one used at Tokyo 202o Paralympic Games and the qualification events the B7G4500 and B6G4500.

International Technical Officials


Charlie Bethel (GBR) –  Technical Director, Don Perriman (AUS) – Assistant Technical Director, Cristian Roja (ITA), Juan Reyes Magallanes (MEX), Craig Moorgas (RSA) & Dirk Cossaer (BEL)


Clara Baquero (ESP), Nurettin Bilmez (TUR), Hector Carmona (ESP), Cristian Colombatti (ARG), Jarrod Cresp (AUS), Erik Etzelmueller (GER), Maurico Gamez (CRC), Sebastian Gauthier (CAN), Darrell Hargreaves (USA), Shu-Fei Hsieh (TPE), Milutin Jelenic (SRB), Yekta Sansal Koc (TUR), Blaine Krapljanov (AUS), Damir Kunosic (BIH), Rocco La Macchia (USA), Alexandre Lapointe (CAN), Gustavo Mathias (BRA), Yoshiko Menda (JPN), Jafar Mohammad Pour (IRI), Shunsuke Nikaido (JPN), Natascha Onono (RSA), Krunoslav Peic (CRO), Matias Quintana (ARG), Linas Radykas (LTU), Carsten Rehling (GER), Veronica Restuccia (UAE), Geghard Tahmasian (IRI), Pedro Vasquez (CHI), Celine Villard (FRA), Fengqin Wang (CHN), Yap Poh Boon (MAS), Maurizio Zamponi (ITA).

Referee Supervisors

Matt Wells (AUS), Sergio Giordano (CAN), Edwin Wallaart (NED) Charles Saunders (RSA), Jorge Bestilleiro (ARG), Max Kindervater (GER)


Regina Costa (POR), Alberto Cairo (AFG), Beatriz Garcia Hernando (ESP), Lisa Chaffey (AUS), Anne Lachance (CAN), Gabriela Deda Erbenova (CZE), Kees van Breukelen (NED)

Game Commissioners

 Ricardo De Souza (BRA), Taichi Nishimura (JPN), Ang Kean Koo (MAS), Chompoo Wachirasrisukanya (THA), Stefania Marson (ITA), Andrew Schoeman (RSA)

2022 IWBF World Championships Schedule (PDF Version)

Women's Schedule, Results & Stats

Men's Schedule, Results & Stats


June 9, 2023
June 20, 2023
Event Category:


Dubai Club for People of Determination
United Arab Emirates NPC


Dubai World Trade Centre
Sheikh Zayed Rd, Trade Centre, Trade Centre 2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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