Wheelchair basketball is still unknown in Rwanda. 4BF Inzu wants to change this and make it a popular sport in the country to enhance inclusion through sports.In the National Paralympics Committee (NPC), we have found a partner for this ambitious vision and will participated in the creation of Rwanda’s first first wheelchair basketball league in which we are respresented with our 4BF Wheelchair Basketball Club (4BF WBC).
Where we are at
4BF WBC, around our co-founder Mechack as team captain, has been playing in NPC’s wheelchair basketball league. Read about the first wheelchair basketball match of the country here.
We also went to Goma (DR Congo) to play our first international friendly match against the local wheelchair basketball club during the inauguration of Goma’s paralympic stadium.
Also, we promoted wheelchair basketball during Rafiki’s 3×3 basketball tournament in Kigali.
Additionally, Mechack has successfully completed a formation in wheelchair basketball with NPC and we are glad to have JP on board as coach of 4BF WBC.
10 things you didn’t know about wheelchair basketball
- It was inveted by soldiers more than 70 years ago.
- You don’t need to be disabled to play, it’s an inclusive sport.
- With a few exceptions, the rules are the same as in regular basketball.
- The baskets are the same height too!
- You can crash your wheelchair into someone else.
- Basketball wheelchairs are totally different from the ones people would use on the street.
- The wheelchairs often tip over, but the athletes are held by belts so they don’t fall out.
- There’s a classification system according to the impairment to make the game fair.
- The sport offers social and physical benefits to everyone.
- It’s a great sport to watch!
Find more updates on 4BF Inzu balling in our actualities blog!