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2016 Rio Paralympic Draws Announced

04/21/2016, 10:30pm CDT
By NWBA

On Wednesday, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games draw for men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball happened. The U.S. men’s and women’s teams got drawn into Pool B, while the defending World and Paralympic champions will face each other in pool play in each of the divisions. 

In the men's tournament, World champions Australia will face defending Paralympic Gold medalists Canada in a tough Group A that also includes Spain, Turkey, the Netherlands and Japan. 

Team USA drew into Group B and will face-off with host country Brazil, European champions Great Britain, Germany, Iran and Algeria. 

In the women's tournament, world champions Canada will face defending Paralympic Gold medalists Germany in Group A, as well as Brazil, Great Britain and Argentina. 

Group B features three respective zone champions, led by Team USA, the 2015 Parapan Am Games champions, European champions Netherlands, Asia Oceania champions China. France and Algeria are also in Group B. 

Rio 2016 Paralympic Games wheelchair basketball competition

Women's pools
Group A: Canada; Germany; Great Britain; Argentina; Brazil
Group B: USA; Netherlands; France; China; Algeria

Men's pools
Group A: Australia; Canada; Turkey; Netherlands; Japan; Spain
Group B: Iran; USA; Great Britain; Germany; Algeria; Brazil

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