Wheelchair Rugby: The Next Big Mainstream Sport?
Geoffrey York in Monday's Globe and Mail writes on how a pro league may arise from the interest in Wheelchair Rugby: and Canada's athletes are well positioned to excel.
The sport, already celebrated in a popular documentary movie and cheered by crowds of thousands at international tournaments, is introducing new rules after the Beijing Paralympics to speed up the game and make it even more aggressive. Its organizers freely admit their long-term goal: create a professional league and win a television contract.
“Mainstream is the dream,” said Marco Dispaltro, a Canadian coach and former player. “And it's not a pipe dream. Every time people see our sport, they agree that it's a spectacular sight. The progress since I first started playing in 1993 has been phenomenal.”
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