The Molten Corporation announced the global partnership between Molten Corporation and the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) last week.

Molten will supply its Molten BGG7X and BGG6X for the official game ball for all world competitions as well as the zonal qualifying tournaments directly leading up to them. The first time the balls will be used in partnership with the IWBF will be the 2018 World Championships taking place in Hamburg, Germany later this year.


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Kiyo Tamiaki, President and CEO of Molten Corporation, said: “It is our great pleasure to execute our partnership with IWBF, allowing Molten basketballs to be used as the official game ball for competitions at the global level. Wheelchair basketball is such an exciting sport both for players and audience. We are honoured to be an IWBF global partner.”

Ulf Mehrens, IWBF President, said: “Over a number of years FIBA have been the provider of our game balls. We are very proud to have signed a new agreement which directly involves Molten and makes them the first global partner of IWBF. In Molten we have found a long-term and traditional partner who will not only ensure we have the best basketballs for our main world competitions and zonal qualification tournaments but will also boost our efforts in increasing the exposure of the sport worldwide. I’d like to thank FIBA for their role in the agreement and their overall support.”

Jo Richards, British Wheelchair Basketball’s Development Director feels that this will be a beneficial partnership for the NGB and its clubs: “Over the Rio cycle, post London 2012, we have strengthened our relationship with Molten and Unicorn Products Ltd. They are strong advocates of wheelchair basketball and the development of the game within the UK.


“Since the London games, Molten has been a critical partner of British Wheelchair Basketball. They have enabled us to support and service the 300% increase in participation. Their continued support of our clubs is representative of their belief and investment in the strength of wheelchair basketball in England and the home countries.”

Alex James, Marketing Manager, Molten UK & Ireland believes in the power of the game in the UK: “We are delighted to announce the continuation of our successful partnersip with British Wheelchair Basketball. “It has been a privilege to be a partner of British Wheelchair Basketball’s over the last five years and witness first-hand the unprecedented increase in popularity of the sport. “Given the success achieved within the sport over the last four years, we are excited to join British Wheelchair Basketball as they begin the journey towards Tokyo and beyond.”