An upcoming women’s wheelchair basketball camp taking place in Thailand has reflected the changing nature of the sport in Asia with an overwhelming response to the camp organized by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) the organization revealed on Wednesday.
There have been registrations from 14 different countries with 70 athletes and 20 coaches signed up to attend the event in April. The event is intended to develop athletes and coaching in the Asia Pacific region to boost competition in the region.
The 14 countries involved in the camp will be Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Nepal, Oman, Palestine and Thailand. During the camp the athletes and coaches will work on wheelchair basketball fundamentals.
There will be some phenomenal coaches leading the training sessions with USA coach and Rio gold medalist Stephanie Wheeler heading an impressive list. The Dutch assistant head coach Irene Sloop and the Swedish coach Ines Lopes will complete the line-up of coaches, all of them with Paralympic Games experience.
IWBF Asia-Oceania is organizing the event with funding being supplied by the Agitos Foundation the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) charitable arm. Additional support is coming from the World Wheelchair Express Foundation.
Thailand Wheelchair Basketball will be running the event on the ground with support from the Thailand Paralympic Committee. The event is held in Chonburi with the camp running from April 16th to 21st at one of Thailand’s sporting centers.
President of IWBF Asia Oceania Zone, Saad Alazma, said: “The zone identified the need for the camp to help continue to drive the women’s game forward, however we have been blown away by the response and the number of women registered to attend.”