Dubai: Eight teams, including hosts the UAE, have been confirmed for the 4th Fazza International Wheelchair Basketball Championships to be held at Al Ahli Club from April 7-11.
The fourth and final stage of the 2012 Fazza International Special Needs Championships was announced by Thani Juma Berregad, Chairman, Dubai Club for Special Sports, in the presence of the representatives of the sponsors' from DP World, Aquafina and Enoc.
Japan, Malaysia, Australia and Iraq will be the international teams joining Gulf sides from Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the hosts. The teams will be divided into two groups of four each with the top two from each group advancing to the semi-finals.
"This is for the first time that we have local companies backing our efforts. These are normal people like you and I and it is our duty to back them and support them live a normal life. I would urge all the residents of Dubai to come and attend the matches so that these athletes feel wanted and integrated into society," Berregad said.
All matches will be played at the indoor hall of Al Ahli Club starting at 8 am from April 7.
"The draw ceremony will be conducted in the presence of team managers and coaches on Friday evening. With Japan and Australia among the stronger teams we will have to ensure that they are placed separately in different groups," Berregad assured.