Wheelchair Rugby is a team sport for male and female athletes. It made its debut as a medal event at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
Wheelchair rugby is an attacking and defensive game, the object being to carry the ball across the opposing team’s goal line to score points. Players compete in manual wheelchairs specifically designed for the sport.
The sport was originally developed for athletes with tetraplegia due to spinal cord injury and neuromuscular conditions such as poliomyelitis. Now, there are athletes participating in Wheelchair Rugby with conditions other than spinal cord injury and poliomyelitis, such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and amputations.
To be eligible to compete, athletes must have an impairment in all four limbs.