For the first time in history, The Czech Republic got the opportunity to hold an important national tournament. The conditions for holding the Qualification tournament 2019 (October 8 – 14, 2019, Prague, Czech Republic), such as the sports hall, accommodation, logistics were approved by the Sport Executive Committee IPCH.
Czech Sports Organisation for Physically Disabled and Czech Powerchair hockey federation were entrusted by the IWAS and IPCH organizations to organize this event.
Czech Republic, Slovenia and Spain will take part in the qualification tournament 2019. It is estimated that the tournament will be even and all teams will be able to pursue their progress ahead.
The Czech representation has been preparing for the comeback to Europe for three years. Until now, it has been part of European Championship in 2005 in Italy (6th place) and 2008 in Belgium (7th place). They have never been part of qualification tournament. In the Czech Republic there are five teams playing. Every year Prague holds international tournaments called Prague Cup and Prague Powerchair open.
Slovenia will take part in the qualification tournament for the second time. Last time they played against Spain in 2011, they won and passed on to EC2012, which took place in Finland. In Slovenia, there is only one team which regularly takes part in international championships and tournaments and in their national kits also representative matches.
Spain has got the most teams from all participant countries, so also the highest number of players. Teams mainly play in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia. In 2014, Spain took part in EC in Netherlands (8th place). Spanish teams take part in club tournaments in Netherlands and Italy.
Powerchair Hockey Prestige
Organizing qualification tournament 2019 in Prague increased the prestige of Powerchair Hockey in the Czech republic but also abroad and supports this unique sport in the Czech republic and Slovakia.
Programme of the qualification tournament
The program, which will be held in the sports facilities in Trebesin, will be divided into two parts: qualification and competition. Qualification contains the health condition check of the players including their technical equipment under people in charge from IPCH. The aim of the qualification is to achieve fair development of the competition. The sports program will take place on Friday and Saturday 11. – 12.10. 2019. Each team will play against each other twice with the objective that the overall winner will be the one who passes to the European Championship.
If you can take part in the qualification tournament in person, you can watch it on live-stream 11. -12. 10.