Wheelchair rugby (quad rugby), a full-contact team sport, was developed in Canada in 1977 under the name ‘murderball’. The game is played by two teams of up to twelve players with some form of disability in both the upper and lower limbs, mostly people with cervical spinal injuries (quadriplegics). Four players from each team play on the court at any time in specially armored wheelchairs with a front bumper, designed to strike opposing wheelchairs. During four eight-minute quarters players roughly crash into each other, attempting to score by carrying the ball across the goal line.
Although the team from Bogota is supported by the Arcangeles Foundation (gear, gym), the wheelchair rugby players, mostly coming from the remote, socially deprived neighbourhoods, often can not attend a training due to lack of funds for transportation. In spite of being physically disabled some of the athletes have to work on the street to make a humble living. However, all the members of the Bogota quad rugby team still dream of representing Colombia at Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games.
Photography by Jan Sochor
Sound recorded by Jan Sochor