Team members said they faced stiff opposition at the tournament, which was the first time they had participated in the championships.
Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team Arrives Home Victorious
After defeating India, Indonesia and Thailand basketball teams in the 4th Bali Cup International Tournament in Indonesia, the women's wheelchair basketball team arrived home on Monday.
“As we promised, we won the tournament; we became the champions, I'm glad to have won such an honor for the first time. The tournament was very good. The teams were powerful, but we got stronger after playing them and won,” said Nilofar Bayat, a team member.
This is the first time that the women’s wheelchair basketball team participated in the Asia championship.
“This is the greatest honor we have gained. I cannot speak from too much joy with four wins we got the position,” said Tahir Yousofi the team's coach.
Meanwhile the Department of Physical Education and Sports promised to provide better sporting opportunities for the athletes.
“In partnership with the Paralympic Federation, we are trying to build a special sports hall for these athletes, and in the coming year, we will try to make a separate budget for the Paralympic federation in agreement with the Ministry of Finance,” said Mirwais Bahawi, the deputy head for the Department of Physical Education and Sports.
The competition was held on Indonesia’s Bali island and 14 teams from around Asia participated.