AUSTRALIAN ROLLERS DRAWN INTO GROUP A FOR 2016 PARALYMPICS

AUSTRALIAN ROLLERS DRAWN INTO GROUP A FOR 2016 PARALYMPICS

As announced by the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation last night, Australia has been drawn into Group A for the 2016 Paralympics which will be held in Rio de Janeiro from September 7-18.

In the 12-team men's tournament, Australia, the 2014 World Champions, will be pitted against Canada, the 2012 Paralympic gold medalists, in the group stage.

Joining them will be Turkey, Netherlands, Japan and Spain while Group B consists of Iran, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Algeria (in their Paralympic debut) and Brazil.

The Canadians were triumphant at Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 before Australia won their second ever gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

The Rollers should come into the tournament as favourites though, following their World Championship victory last year and they will be keen to atone for their 2012 silver medal when they lost 58-64 to Canada in the final.

"In the men's tournament, eight countries could reach the podium. Both groups are really strong," said IWBF secretary general Maureen Orchard.

Following competition from September 8-15, the top four teams in each groups will advance to the quarter-finals before the gold medal playoff on September 17.

Action will take place at the Olympic Training Center and the Rio Olympic Arena.