London 2012 Goalball Schedule Announced11.06.2012
LOCOG revealed the London 2012 Goalball schedule for this year's Paralympic Games.
Tickets are still available for the Paralympic Goalball tournaments, costing just £15 with an Olympic Park Day Pass also included.
The opening game on Thursday 30 August will be Great Britain’s men against world champions and Beijing 2008 silver medallists Lithuania.
In a tough group, the hosts will also have to face Beijing 2008 bronze medallists Sweden on Saturday 1 September. Men’s Paralympic champions China open their campaign on Thursday 30 August against Iran, the only team they suffered defeat to on their way to the 2008 gold medal.
Mirroring the men’s competition, the women’s event begins on Thursday 30 August with hosts Great Britain also facing the team who are both world champions and Beijing 2008 silver medallists – in this case, China. The British women, too, will face Beijing 2008 bronze medallists when they take on Denmark on Tuesday 4 September.
In the second women’s group, Paralympic Champions USA will open against Sweden, who narrowly missed out on a medal in Beijing 2008 and who took the bronze behind USA’s silver at the World Championships.
The men’s and women’s Goalball tournaments will feature 12 and 10 teams, respectively, with each tournament starting as one group of six and one of five. The final group games take place on Tuesday 4 September, with local derbies such as USA-Canada in the women’s tournament and Sweden-Finland in the men’s tournament crucial in deciding final positions before the top two from each group then progress to the quarter-finals the next day.
There are matches every day from 30 August until the two gold medal matches, both of which are being held on 7 September.
Tickets are still available for the Paralympic Goalball tournaments, costing just £15 with an Olympic Park Day Pass also included (£5 for young people and seniors).
Pool A: Lithuania; Great Britain; Finland; Brazil; Turkey; Sweden
Pool B: China; Iran; South Korea; Algeria; Canada; Belgium
Pool C: China; Great Britain; Denmark; Brazil; Finland
Pool D: USA; Sweden; Australia; Japan; Canada