In collaboration with Udinese Football Club, there was the first step for the powerchair hockey major competition

Udine, 26 Oct 2017 – A special partner will start the race for ITALY 2018, the powerchair hockey World Championships. The large launch event for the world competition, which is going to go off in Lignano Sabbiadoro since 24 September until 1 October 2018, will take place on Thursady 2 October, since 19.30, in the press conference room. There will be two turning points to kick off the evening in the prestigious Friulian location: a news conference to present the upcoming event and a following drawing ceremony to delineate the world cup’s rounds.

The last June Italy was oficially announced having won the bidding procedure to host the World Cup, bringing pride both to the Organizing Committee and to the whole Italian hockey movement. The main goal is to realize a memorable event in order to reflect the remarkable rise of the Paralympic sport movement and in particular the one of Italian wheelchair, or powerchair, hockey. Passion, competitive spirit and inclusion are the values that the Organizing Committee wants to convey through this World Cup. Over seven days, 8 National teams will live in close contact, both challenging themselves on the court and locking in a large, colourful embrace outside the court, as only major sport events allow.

From the first step the Organizing Commettee started to work in the Friulian surroundings in order to drag in the local organisations in sight of the major competition that will take place the next fall. Following this effort the Committee has found the first of a large series of partners, the Udinese Calcio S.p.A. The Club has immediately took an interest in this project, lauch pad for the ordainment of the whole international hockey movement. It was clear since the first meeting that Udinese Football Club is going to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Organizing Committee, hosting the drawing ceremony in the press conference room of one of the best Italian stadiums, Dacia Arena.

The Dacia Arena will be the wonderful scenario for an event which will kick-start the race to the World Championships. The news conference is going to take place at 19.30 in the press conference room of the stadium, with interventions by National and International Federations representatives in order to display the competition in the presence of delegations of National teams, Federal bodies and local authorities. After that, at 20.15, there will be the milestone of the evening: the draw will decide which teams will face off in the first part of the competition. Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and the United States (for the first time in a World Cup) are the 8 National teams that are waiting to be drafted into the two groups. Here we go! That moment, in fact, will be the official inception of the IWAS Powerchair Hockey World Championship – Italy 2018.

Who may be interested in a guided tour of the Dacia Arena must get a reservation. The tour will start at 18.30, followed by a free buffet.

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