It was an exciting two weeks of wheelchair basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and while the teams were battling for a place on the podium, the qualifying games were also significant with places for the 2022 World Championship in Game.
The final ranking of both competitions determines the allocation of extra-zonal places for the World Championships that will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, next year. In the women’s competition, the seven best teams would get extra places for their area, while in the men’s competition they would be among the top 11.
At the 2022 World Championship, there will be 16 teams in the men’s competition and 12 teams in the women’s competition.
The host nation is assigned a spot for the men’s and women’s teams, then each of the four zones receives a spot in both competitions.
The remaining eleven places in the men’s competition and the seven places in the women’s competition are decided from the final ranking of the last Paralympic Games, in this case, Tokyo 2020.
The final ranking of the men’s competition at Tokyo 2020 saw teams from the USA Zone of the Americas finish in first place, with their Zone colleagues Canada and Colombia in eighth and eleventh places, for give them three additional places. Asia Oceania’s Japan, Australia, Korea and Iran finished in the top 11 to secure an additional four spots for their zone, bringing their total to six (including the host spot for the United Arab Emirates). Europe also ends up with four additional spots to bring its total up to five spots. An African team didn’t make the top eleven, which means they only have one automatic spot.
Men’s final classification
In the women’s competition, Europe was strongly represented in the top seven to add another three qualifying spots for its Zone. China and Japan secured two extra spots for the Asia Oceania Zone. Americas also added two additional places with the US and Canada finishing third and fifth. An African team didn’t make the top seven, so they don’t add to their only automatic spot.
Women’s final classification
* Following the IWBF World Congress in August 2018, a new qualification format was ratified which included a repechage tournament for Senior World Events on the condition that it be postponed and introduced after Tokyo 2020 at the request of members. However, due to COVID-19 and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, the new qualification format will not take effect until after the 2022 World Championships.
Consequently, the qualification process for the 2022 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships will remain the same as for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and 2018 World Championships.
Final qualification slots for the 2022 World Championship.
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* including the United Arab Emirates as a host nation for both men and women
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