In 10 days, the 2022 Asia Oceania Championships will tip-off in Phuket, Thailand on Friday 20 May 2022.
Eleven males’s and 4 ladies’s groups will compete within the wheelchair basketball competitors unfold throughout 9 days in a bid to realize qualification to the 2022 IWBF World Championships and be topped Zonal Champion. Due to COVID restrictions nonetheless in place throughout a lot of the area, it has meant the withdrawal of quite a few international locations comparable to China, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, and India.
The 4 ladies’s groups – Australia, Japan, Iran, and hosts Thailand – will compete in a double round-robin, the place all groups will play one another twice to find out the ultimate standings of the event.
In the males’s competitors, the preliminary phases will see the groups cut up throughout two swimming pools (Pool A – Division 1 and Pool B – Division 2) and play a single round-robin to find out the standings of the preliminary spherical. The high two of Pool B will then be a part of the six groups in Pool A to make up the quarter-final line-ups. The groups ranked 3-5 in Pool B will play a second round-robin to find out locations September 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, mentioned:
“With the uncertainty that also surrounds the zone because of the COVID pandemic, we’re happy that the occasion can go forward because of the good efforts of the Local Organising Committee, the Sport Association of Wheelchair Basketball Thailand. They have gone above and past to make sure the event will happen below COVID-19 safe pointers to make sure the well being, security, and wellbeing of all contributors.
“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.”
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