Following the directive from the Dubai Authorities that the 2022 IWBF World Championships can now not happen in November 2022, the brand new dates for the Championships would be the 9-20 June 2023 (Dates for groups’ arrivals and departures 5-21 June 2023 inclusive).
IWBF understands and shares the shock and disappointment of the late discover of this resolution.
In December 2019, the United Arab Emirates had been awarded the privilege to host the IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championships following an in depth bidding course of. After three years of preparation, the Dubai Sports activities Council instructed the Native Organising Committee (LOC) that they’d now not be capable of host the occasion in November 2022. This info was communicated to IWBF on 30 August 2022.
This was not an instruction restricted solely to our wheelchair basketball occasion however has a wider bearing on different sporting occasions additionally scheduled to happen presently, for instance, the Dubai Marathon has additionally been postponed.
All out there various choices had been thought of, similar to a change of location and completely different dates. Elements taken under consideration for a change of location had been the dimensions of the World Championships (28 groups, 6 courts, accessible lodging and transport for over 600 individuals together with gamers, employees, ITOs and so forth.), along with the elevated monetary implications to groups and federations. For various dates there was the necessity to think about the least disruption to home leagues, European membership competitors, Ramadan, and the requirement the World Championships should happen earlier than any Zonal Championships to find out the distribution of qualification spots between zonal qualifiers and the Repechage event for Paris 2024. Contemplating all these components the IWBF Government Council unanimously voted to postpone to the brand new dates listed above as one of the best appropriate choice.
IWBF President, Ulf Mehrens, stated:
“IWBF recognises and really regrets the influence that the postponement has on gamers, crew preparations and the reverberations it has on some home leagues. We apologise for the inconvenience to not solely the groups, but additionally the chums, households and supporters of wheelchair basketball planning to attend.
“We have now endeavoured to discover a stability to safeguard the supply of a profitable World Championships that may facilitate one of the best performances of gamers and groups in addition to trigger the least disruption to the world calendar within the unprecedented circumstances that we’ve discovered ourselves in.”
Erica Gavel, interim Chair of the IWBF Gamers’ Fee stated:
“We, the IWBF Gamers’ Fee, are extraordinarily upset in regards to the current postponement of the 2022 World Championships. We all know that athletes dedicate their lives round these sort of main tournaments – particularly from a coaching, household, and profession perspective, which makes this extraordinarily troublesome for all folks concerned. As a Gamers’ Fee, we are going to work with the IWBF to make sure the rearranged World Championships will meet and/or exceed athlete expectations, and extra methods are in place transferring ahead. If gamers have any strategies or wants surrounding this matter, please don’t hesitate to succeed in out and we are going to do our greatest to have the ability to help you.”
IWBF is within the means of an method to the IPC to grant an exception to the Transition Interval to make sure that gamers who would have been lined by the preliminary transition interval, and allowed to play till 31 December 2022, can nonetheless take part within the World Championships on the brand new dates.
The shortened Paralympic cycle already means a condensed calendar, nonetheless IWBF will endeavour to make sure upcoming World occasions, not already scheduled, are positioned in the very best solution to restrict the influence on the worldwide calendar.
Reimbursement of Prices
The Native Organising Committee have dedicated to reimburse or buy new flights for groups, officers, and congress members the place flights are non-refundable and had been booked previous to IWBF’s notification of the postponement of the Championships.
Sadly, this doesn’t lengthen to pals, households and supporters. Equally to most different occasions, not simply sporting occasions, there’s all the time a threat of cancellation or postponement and within the unlucky scenario this does happen, it’s unlikely to have the ability to declare again extra bills similar to journey or lodge lodging until lined by their very own journey insurance coverage. Nonetheless, if supporters do require any official documentation that will help insurance coverage/rebooking claims this may be organized.
There will likely be a major discount on the negotiated charges for extra crew members, congress members, media, family and friends from the November 2022 worth charges.
IWBF World Congress and Discussion board
The IWBF World Congress and Discussion board which was scheduled to be held alongside the World Championships in November is beneath assessment by authorized consultants to substantiate if it may be rearranged to June 2023.