Great Britain will hope to win the tournament for a third time in a row ©IWRF

Hosts Denmark will take on defending champions Great Britain in the group stage of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Wheelchair Rugby European Championship Division A.

The draw took place in Viborg, with teams drawn in pairs based on their world ranking.

Great Britain were handed a spot in Group B alongside Poland and Switzerland, ranked 13 and 15 in the global standings, respectively.

Sweden, runners-up in the past two editions, were placed in Group A with Germany and the Netherlands.

As the host nation, Denmark were in the last pair and were given their choice of group.

They opted to join Group B with Great Britain, Poland and Switzerland.

As they were paired with Denmark, world number seven-ranked France were placed in Group A.

The finalists will qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, while the third and fourth-place nations will be invited to the final qualification event, due to be held early next year.

Teams who finish in the lowest two places will be relegated to Division B.

Tage Schmidt, chairman of Vejle Parasport Council, claimed the Championships would be a success.

Vejle Parasport Council chairman Tage Schmidt conducted the draw ©IWRF
Vejle Parasport Council chairman Tage Schmidt conducted the draw ©IWRF

“We are bringing the city together behind this event,” Schmidt said.

“That means companies, stores, associations and volunteers.

“When the entire city is involved, it also means a lot of spectators will attend the games.

“The International Wheelchair Rugby Federation knows how to make a great tournament.

"Our job is to get people aware and involved, so as many people as possible will come and see what these athletes can do.”

The tournament will take place from August 7 to 11 in Vejle.

The local government has expressed an aim of becoming the “capital of Para-sport”.

The city hosted the Para Table Tennis European Championships in 2015 and stated 2019 is the “year of Para-sport”.

Events are set to run throughout the year, which organisers hope will show the different possibilities to be active when you have a disability.