Sehmi set to challenge the world’s best in Rio warm-up

Mandip Sehmi
Mandip Sehmi

Warwick’s Mandip Sehmi has been named in the Great Britain squad for the inaugural BT World Rugby Challenge which takes place next week at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The 2012 Paralympic gold medallists Australia return to the Copper Box Arena alongside silver medallists Canada and third-placed USA.

New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and France complete the eight-team line-up.

Sehmi, who won best player in his class at the 2015 National Championships, tweeted: “Very proud and honoured to have been selected to represent Great Britain.”

Lorraine Brown, performance director for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, said the tournament provides the GB squad with valuable top-level competition ahead of next year’s Paralympics.

She said: “Our recent gold medal win at the European Championships means we have qualified for the Paralympic Games in Rio, so this is a really exciting time for GBWR.

“The BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge enables us to play the very best teams in the world and provides valuable preparation for Rio 2016.”