The European Wheelchair Basketball Championship will be hosted by Spain in Tenerife in summer 2017, the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) announced on Monday. The event will be organized by Federacion Espanola de Deportes de Personas con Discapacidad Fisica (FEEDDF).
The event will host both the men’s and women’s championships between 19 June and 1 July 2017 for the biggest event since the Paralympics. The tournament will be a good opportunity for Spain to develop the game with the side failing to medal in 2015.
In 2015 the tournament was hosted by Great Britain, in Worcester, who managed to win the bronze medal in the women’s competition and gold in the men’s. Spain are not expected to win a medal in 2017 but hosting the contest in a country passionate for basketball could well assist them.
Great Britain continued their European Wheelchair Basketball domination in Worcester last year as they claimed the gold for their third straight time, defeating Turkey. That pushed GB on to winning bronze in Rio a year later, with Germany claiming the 2015 European bronze medal.
On the women’s side, Germany will be coming in as the defending champions, and the Paralympic silver medalists will be looking for a repeat of that performance. The Netherlands were vanquished in the final and will be hungry for revenge in what has become a big rivalry in European Wheelchair Basketball.
The venue in Tenerife has not been finally announced but the IWBF Europe website will have all the details, including ticketing information in due time.