The Wheelchair Rugby schedule for the Rio Paralympics was announced by the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) on Friday. After collaborating with the local organizing committee everything has been finalized for the competition which starts on the seventh day of the Paralympic Games, September 14th.
The schedule is also working with the Olympic Broadcasting Service, in an effort to get more coverage of the sport on the national broadcasters. There is also a desire to create a schedule the local fans will enjoy, and so Brazil has been given the headline slot on day one of competition.
Scheduling events like this are a challenge as there is the need to balance what the broadcasters want and competitive balance. With five days to play the whole tournament it is difficult to make a schedule that does not affect team performance.
The tournament will open with a bang with a fierce rivalry, involving the defending champions, will get things started. Australia will take on Great Britain in another edition of the Smashes, with Australia seeking to avenge a recent loss while GB seek to get their first win over Australia at the Paralympic Games.
The final match of the first day will be the Paralympic Games debut of the hosts when Brazil take on 2012 silver medallists, Canada. A match that could well decide who advances from that pool will be in the early session of day two when Canada takes on Great Britain.
Brazil again takes center stage to end the second day of group play, facing Australia, the defending champions. The final day of group play sees the replays of the London medal matches with the USA taking on Japan before the last match in group play will be a replay of London’s gold medal match when Australia takes on Canada.
The Semi-Finals will take place on Saturday, with first from Pool A playing second from Pool B and vice versa. The medal matches will be the Sunday matches, with the gold medal match taking place at 12:30pm.
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|Day 07 14 September, 2016 Wednesday|
|Session WR01 Start:10:30 End:14:15 Carioca Arena 1
10:30-12:00 Preliminary Match 1 Australia vs Great Britain
12:45-14:15 Preliminary Match 2 United States of America vs France
Session WR02 Start:16:00 End:17:30 Carioca Arena 1
16:00-17:30 Preliminary Match 3 Japan vs Sweden
Session WR03 Start:19:15 End:20:45 Carioca Arena 1
19:15-20:45 Preliminary Match 4 Canada vs Brazil
|Day 08 15 September, 2016 Thursday|
|Session WR04 Start:10:30-End:14:15 Carioca Arena 1
10:30-12:00 Preliminary Match 5 Sweden vs United States of America
Session WR06 Start:19:15 End:20:45 Carioca Arena 1
|Day 09 16 September, 2016 Friday|
|Session WR07 Start:10:30-End:14:15 Carioca Arena 1
10:30-12:00 Preliminary Match 9 France vs Sweden
Session WR09 Start:19:15 End:20:45 Carioca Arena 1
|Day 10 17 September, 2016 Saturday|
|Session WR10 Start:10:30 End:12:00 Carioca Arena 1
10:30-12:00 7th–8th classification 4A vs 4B
12:45-14:15 Semi-final 1
Session WR11 Start:16:00 End:17:30 Carioca Arena 1
Session WR12 Start:19:15 End:20:45 Carioca Arena 1
|Day 11 18 September, 2016 Sunday|
|Session WR13 Start:09:00 End:10:30 Carioca Arena 1
09:00-10:30 Bronze medal match
12:30-14:30 Gold medal match
14:00-14-30 Victory ceremony