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  • IWBF is the world governing body for wheelchair basketball. It is recognized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) as the sole competent authority in wheelchair basketball world wide. FIBA has recognized IWBF under Article 53 of its General Statutes.

    IWBF is governed by an Executive Council that is elected at the World Congress every four years.

    As of 2006 82 member nations (NOWB�s) are actively participating in wheelchair basketball throughout the world with this number increasing each year. IWBF is divided into four zones, IWBF Africa, IWBF Americas, IWBF Asia Oceania and IWBF Europe.

    It is estimated that more than 100,000 people play wheelchair basketball from recreation to club play and as elite national team members. Wheelchair basketball is played by boys and girls, men and women.


IWBF is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide opportunities for persons with a disability to play the game of wheelchair basketball. IWBF has the following mandate:

  • Establish the Official Wheelchair Basketball Rules; the Official Wheelchair Basketball Player Classification Handbook, the specifications for equipment and facilities; the Internal Regulations that govern the conduct of the Federation and ensure that they are enforced on all occasions.
  • Establish the standards for the training and certification of referees, classifiers, commissioners and examiners; control and govern the licensing of international referees, classifiers and commissioners and maximize the use of experienced players in the training and certification of each of the above categories of officials.
  • Control and maintain the classification of players and issuance of Player Identity Cards and Player Classification Cards.
  • Regulate the transfer of players from one country to another.
  • Raise funds, collect fees and accept contributions and subsidies and ensure that all resources are used solely to further the aims and objectives of IWBF and in accordance with the principle that IWBF is a non-profit organization.
  • Implement an organized marketing programme that involves communication, public relations and demonstration events to instill awareness to the general public of the benefits of wheelchair basketball.