Algeria Paralympic team faces probe for avoiding Israel, US matches

In this photo provided by the IOC, Asya Miller, of the United States, takes a shot in a Goalball women's preliminary Group C match against Brazil during the Paralympic Games at the Future Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (File photo: AP)

An Algerian Paralympic team is under investigation by the International Paralympic Committee after missing scheduled matches against the US and Israel, the BBC reported on Sunday.

The committee said it is investigating why the Algerian women's goalball team failed to arrive in Rio de Janeiro ahead of their matches.

The Algerian team was set to play the US on Friday, with another match scheduled against Israel on Saturday.

The seven team members who were scheduled to leave a training camp in Poland for Rio last Monday, have however not turned up yet, allegedly due to transport issues.

The International Paralympic Committee told the BBC that the Algerian team said that they had missed a bus which led them to missing a flight, and were not able to rebook it in time because of a public holiday in Algeria.

Goalball is a sport for the visually impaired involving a ball with bells.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48