Argentina win the final place at next year’s Paralympic Games, joining Brazil, the USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Ireland, Russia and Ukraine
Football 7-a-side has become the first sport to complete its qualification process for the Rio 2016 Games, the International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football has confirmed. Argentina became the eighth and final team to earn a spot at next year’s Paralympic Games, when the tournament will be contested at the Deodoro Stadium in Deodoro Olympic Park.
According to the qualification rules, the winners of three continental championships – the 2014 European championships, the 2014 Asian Games and the 2015 Parapan American Games – would qualify for Rio 2016, so long as these tournaments featured at least five teams competing. The second-placed teams would also qualify for Rio 2016, so long as they finished in the top eight at the 2015 world championships.
Ukraine qualified by winning the 2014 European title, with runners-up the Netherlands confirming their place by finishing fourth at the world championships. The Asian Games did not have enough teams to meet qualification criteria, so the remaining teams were decided via the world championships, held in England in June.
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Tickets to the Paralympic Games will go on sale to Brazilians and residents of Brazil on 7 September, which marks one year to the opening ceremony. Overseas fans will be able to buy tickets through authorised ticket resellers (ATRs) in their countries. Details will be available on rio2016.com/en on 7 September.