IWBF has at this time confirmed that the IWBF Men’s U23 World Championship has been relocated and rescheduled to happen in Phuket, Thailand in September 2022.
The choice to reschedule the Championship, which was as a consequence of be held in Chiba, Japan, between 27 May – 4 June 2022, was made by IWBF at the side of the Japanese Wheelchair Basketball Federation.
IWBF Competition Chairman, Charlie Bethel, mentioned:
“Given the COVID-19 pandemic scenario and the measures at the moment in place in Japan mixed with the difficulties over the provision of amenities for later dates within the 12 months, JWBF have made the tough choice to return the internet hosting rights for the IWBF Men’s U23 World Championship that had been awarded to them in 2019.
“We would like to thank JWBF for all their efforts and work they have put in over the past three years to try and make the event go ahead. We hope to be able to work with JWBF in the future to bring international wheelchair basketball back to Japan.”
Shimpei Oikawa, JWBF Executive Board Member commented:
“We are grateful for IWBF’s understanding of the difficult circumstances that led to our decision to relinquish the event in Japan. While the decision was made after intensive consideration and deliberation, it was extremely unfortunate because much preparation had already taken place and world’s top young players were set to compete at this long-awaited championship. Nevertheless, JWBF is committed to promotion and development of Wheelchair Basketball globally and will be seeking different ways to contribute by working together with IWBF and the Wheelchair Basketball community throughout the world.”
The Championship, which showcases elite junior male gamers of the game, was initially scheduled for 2021 however needed to be rescheduled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. It will now be moved to Phuket in Thailand to make sure it will possibly happen in 2022.
After an in-depth session with the Sport Association for Wheelchair Basketball Thailand (SAWBT), who’ve a confirmed monitor document of organising worldwide competitions, an answer to permit the U23 World Championship to go forward between the 8 September – 16 September 2022 was discovered.
“We know navigating by the present well being disaster to make sure competitions happen is extraordinarily difficult. IWBF, their Zones, and Local Organising Committees additionally recognise that the pandemic is evolving otherwise in accordance with the place on the planet you might be and can endeavour to make sure that we provide all our groups not solely the situation and amenities for optimum efficiency but additionally the most secure atmosphere for everybody concerned.
“We are extremely grateful to Wheelchair Basketball Thailand who have been able to step in and offer us the chance to make this competition possible. We thank everyone for their support, understanding, and flexibility in our efforts to maintain as much continuity as possible with the competition schedule.”
Phuket was already set to host the 2022 Asia Oceania Championships, the qualification match for the 2022 IWBF World Championships, in March which has now been pushed again to mid/finish of May 2022 to permit further time for the pandemic restrictions within the Zone to ease.
The Asia Oceania Zone’s 3×3 Commonwealth Games Qualification Tournament, which was as a consequence of be held alongside the Asia Oceania Championships, will not happen. Those international locations registered to take part within the 3×3 match can as an alternative apply by the wild card ‘bipartite system’.