Algerian goalball team fails to arrive at Paralympics
Paralympic officials are investigating why five Algerian goalball players and two coaches did not turn up for two key matches, a spokesman said Saturday.
The women and their coaches were due to fly to Brazil from their training camp in Poland on Monday.
They missed the opening match against the United States Friday and against Israel on Saturday. The matches were considered 10-0 victories for the absent Algerians' opponents.
The team has apparently still not arrived in Brazil, International Paralympics Committee spokesman Craig Spence said Saturday.
Algeria's national paralympics committee said its athletes were battling with delays and missed or cancelled flights on their journey to Brazil.
But Spence pointed out that the team could have made it on time even by boat.
Designed for athletes with visual impairments, goalball consists of two halves of 12 minutes each with athletes wearing blackout masks on the court. Bells inside the balls help orient the players.