There was a large home crowd as Poland got off to a winning start ©IWBF

Hosts Poland got off to a winning start against Switzerland, as the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Men's European Championship Division A began in Wałbrzych.

Four places at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are on offer at the tournament, and Poland made the perfect start at the Aqua Zdrój sports venue.

They led 34-26 at half-time before pressing home their advantage in the third quarter, winning the period 28-10 to put the game beyond doubt.

The Swiss fought back in the fourth period but the hosts eventually pulled away, winning 79-53.

Krzysztof Bandura top-scored for Poland with 16 points.

The match followed the tournament's Opening Ceremony which saw the stadium filled to capacity.

Reigning world champions Great Britain are in the same group and will begin their quest for European glory against Italy tomorrow, with 2017 European bronze medallists Germany taking on Austria.

Turkey, who defeated Britain to win the European title two years ago, get their title defence up and running against Russia in Group B tomorrow.

Group B's other matches see France take on Israel and Spain play The Netherlands.

Japan have already secured their place at the Paralympics as hosts.

Three other qualifiers will come from the Americas and Asia/Oceania, while the one other will come from Africa.