Paralympics Day 4 – 5-a-side Football and Wheelchair Basketball
After the Goalball session, we checked what was going on next. Our tickets were for the Goalball session in the morning and then a Day Pass for the rest of the day, which allowed us access into other venues within the Olympic Park as long as seats were available.
5-a side-Football was about to start, so we gave it a go. Similar to Goalball, it is a quiet game. I didn’t mention yesterday hat “Quiet, please” was the catchphrase for Goaball. The audience had to quiet. The ball had bells inside for the player to know where it was. Same thing here with 5-a-side Football. The players were blindfolded and the ball had bells in it. Only the goalkeepers are fully sighted. The goalkeeper is allowed to shout out instructions to the team. Additionally, each team had a guide, who was placed behind the other team’s goal who shouted out instructions. “Quiet, please” for the audience.
The game was, of course, slower than a regular football (soccer) match. It was really about ball control. Tackling became a very different situation.
We saw the Spain vs Iran match and if you think how the heck are they able to score a goal? I can tell you, Spain scored 2. It comes down to the goalkeeper and the guide to really guide the players along. You see the guide behind the goal here.
After the 5-a-side Football, we made our way to the Basketball arena to see if we could get to see a Wheelchair Basketball game. I was lucky! We got there right in time for the start of the Germany vs Canada match.
The Basketball arena is huge. And for once it doesn’t have the bright pink and blue colors. I like these colors really!
But the German coaches made up for the lack of pink in the arena. Last instructions before the game started.
German fans also showed colors.
It was a very high charged game. Until this Wheelchair Basketball match, both teams, Germany and Canada, won all 3 previous matches and were leading their group. Canada did win the match, but it wasn’t always sure that it would go this way. Great match to watch.
Here is Germany scoring 2 points.
Both teams made it into the semi-finals, which are today.
Germany will play the USA at 1pm my time. This should be another great game to watch. I might move my lunch break out. 🙂
May the best team win!