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Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is basically regular basketball played while sitting on a wheelchair. This sport is mostly played by disabled people and wheelchair basketball is one of the major disabled sports which is practiced. The game dates back to the 1940's.

The sport is controlled by the International Wheelchair Basketball federation. FIBA has actually recognized this sport. There are various competitions worldwide for this sport, including the Paralympic Games. A Wheelchair Basketball World Championship is usually held every two years between Paralympic Games.

The rules and scoring in wheelchair basketball are basically the same as that of regular basketball, with a few exceptions. For traveling, it occurs when the players touch the wheels more than twice after receiving or dribbling the ball. Before touching the wheel again, the player must pass or shoot the ball.

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There are classifications set, on a scale of 1 to 4.5, for all teams to evaluate the functional abilities of a player. Each team may have up to 14 points each. Minimally disabled are 4.5, also non-disabled athletes. The highest degree of disability is a 1.0. Non-disabled athletes may play locally, but they cannot play in international competitions.

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