Wheelchair basketball is similar to conventional basketball, where players pass or dribble the ball to move it around the court; however, they must throw or bounce the ball after pushing their wheelchair twice. Otherwise, they will be penalized for traveling. The objective is to shoot the ball into the opposing team’s basket. Depending on the place where the ball was thrown, one, two or three points will be scored. The team with the highest score wins.
Wheelchair basketball was one of the original sports in the Paralympic program in Rome in 1960. This sport is one of the most popular sports in the Paralympic Games. Wheelchair Basketball was created to rehabilitate American soldiers injured during the World War II, but its popularity quickly spread around the world. Currently, over 80 countries practice this sport.