Wheelchair Rugby was first played at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta in 1996 as a demonstration sport. It became a competitive sport at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. The game was invented in the 1970s, in Winnipeg, Canada by a group of athletes with quadriplegia who were looking for an alternative to Wheelchair Basketball. The first international tournament was held in 1989 in Toronto, Canada, with teams from Canada, the USA and Great Britain.