Leicester will again play host to the Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament as 2020 marks the third instalment of this successful event.
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby has today announced the return of this enthralling competition in February where the hosts will take on two of the best teams in the world for the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Trophy.
Thai Duty-Free giant King Power is continuing its support of the event as it will be the title sponsor of the King Power Quad Nations for a third successive year.
Running from February 21-23, the tournament will be held at the Morningside Arena, with tickets now on sale to see the best players in the world perform on British soil ahead of the Paralympics.
The fast paced, high octane event brings together three of the top four sides on the planet as the preparations for Tokyo 2020 intensify.
Having successfully defended their European title in August, Great Britain face the world’s number one team Australia, who will be going for their third successive Paralympic title next year, and Pan-American Champions USA who are ranked second.
Supercharged and physical, players compete in specially-designed, manual wheelchairs while athletes must meet a minimum disability criterion. All competitors were either born with physical disabilities, experienced life-changing injuries or suffered an illness which has affected their mobility.
Contested by two mixed gender teams on an indoor court, the aim of Wheelchair Rugby is to score more points than the opposition by carrying the ball over the try line. This enthralling, action-packed sport is played in four eight-minute quarters, while contact is allowed as long as it is chair to chair.
David Pond, CEO of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, said:
“We are delighted to return to Leicester again with this tournament thanks to the support of King Power and the Srivaddhanaprabha family. With all teams focused on the Tokyo Games in August, the opportunity to play the world number one and two is just the preparation GB needs. For those who come to watch you won’t see better, this is murderball at its most brutal and best.”
Leicester City Chief Executive Susan Whelan said:
“The entire King Power family is delighted to once again be supporting the King Power Quad Nations tournament and to have the opportunity to bring an elite international sporting event to Leicester. The standard of this year’s competition looks stronger than ever and, taking place in a Paralympic year, the tournament should be an interesting preview to an exciting summer ahead for some of Great Britain’s Paralympians.”
For more details about the sport, event and tickets, visit www.wrquadnations.com.