SA wheelchair basketball team trains for Beijing Paralympics 2008-06-17 06:22:33   Print

    JOHANNESBURG, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The Sasol South Africa Wheelchair Basketball team wrapped up a five day-day training camp at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre in Johannesburg this weekend.

    Most of the players heading for the Beijing Paralympics attended the camp, which was focused specifically on formulating game plans for some of their tougher matches in Beijing.

    "This camp focused on our set plays and specific game plans for how we're going to take on the different teams when we get to Beijing. We are trying to develop a game style that suites South Africa because of our unique blend of players," said national team coach Viv Sierra.

    According to Sierra, the way the team is playing and the attitude of the players, he sees no reason why South Africa can't make it into the quarterfinals at the Sept.6-17 Paralympics.

    In the pool games South Africa will have to face Sweden, Germany, Iran, Japan and the world's number one ranked team, Canada.

    "We've got Canada, the number one team in the world, in our pool. But I believe it's pretty close from then onwards. Germany beat Sweden recently. But Germany would probably be the next strongest opponent, and then Sweden, Japan and finally Iran. But at this level, they're all pretty big challenges."

    This camp is followed by a tour of the Netherlands in July and a series at home against Turkey in August.

Editor: Yan Liang
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