IWAS Five Stars International Tournament: an event to test both teams and Organizing Committee

Rome, 18 Oct 2017 – A high level international tournament is going to open the race towards the Powerchair Hockey World Championships, which will take place in Lignano Sabbiadoro from 24 September until 1 October 2018. The IWAS Five Stars International Tournament will involve five European teams that are going to confront, foreseeing the World Cup, from 31 October till 5 November 2017.

The Bella Italia EFA Village in Lignano Sabbiadoro will be the heart of an event to live from A to Z, as well as being selected to host the World Championships. As a matter of fact, the international tournament is going to be an actual “test event” not only for the teams involved, but also for the organizing part. As proposed by Italian Wheelchair Hockey Federation, the event has been formally acknowledged as official by the international authority, which has incidentally asked the promoters to completely respect the rules expected for the World Cup. The Organizing Committee chosen by FIWH will indeed be the same that is working for next World Championship since the beginning of this year, and with a competition of such international importance it will also be possible to test both the location and the organizing team..

Two days of courses, controls and evaluation sessions will forerun three days of matches, starting the 3 November, in which Italy, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany are going to challenge for the first place. “I’m honored to host such a prestigious tournament and pleased to give Coach Saul Vadalà the possibility to verify the psycho-physical condition of his crew against high-level National Teams. It’s a crucial test to prepare the upcoming World Cup, to which we believe we will get in a dazzling fitness.” has declared Antonio Spinelli, FIWH President.

Not only will it be the same location and the same organizating group to bond together these major international competitions. Also, during the IWAS Five Stars International Tournament will take place the Drawing Ceremony for the World Championships in collaboration with a special partner which is going to make available its facilities. The drawing of the two World Cup’s rounds will take place on Thursday 2 November, since 19 o’clock, in the press conference room of Dacia Arena, in collaboration with Udinese Football Club, in order to define the Teams that will face up in the first part of the competition.

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