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Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki met with Great Britain’s Wheelchair Rugby team at King Power Stadium on Thursday, to officially launch the 2019 King Power Quad Nations tournament.

It returns to Leicester’s Morningside Arena in March, following the success of the inaugural event in February of this year, which attracted more than 5,000 supporters to the city.

The USA were crowned overall winners of the tournament after beating Australia in the Final, while Great Britain were denied a bronze medal by Japan.

Leicester City’s owners, King Power, are once again the title sponsors for the tournament, which underlines their commitment to bringing world-class sport to the region and gives the city a chance to showcase its ability to host international events.

The tournament takes place over three days and sees four of the world’s best wheelchair rugby teams compete – including Great Britain, Canada, France and Japan, who won gold at the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Sydney this summer.

Senior Executive Vice President of King Power International and CEO of Leicester City Football Club, Susan Whelan, said:“King Power is very proud of its associations to world class sport and to the city of Leicester, so we’re honoured to support the Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations for a second year. The 2018 event drew thousands of people from all over the world to witness some outstanding matches and I’m sure 2019 will be even bigger and better.

“It takes a remarkable level of dedication and commitment to reach an elite standard in any sport, but there is something additional to be admired about athletes with the passion and determination to overcome disability and succeed on the international stage. The tournament will be a great spectacle for the city, which I’m sure will be extremely proud to play host to another world class sporting event.”

Widely known as ‘Murderball’, the supercharged and brutal sport is fast-paced and exciting, with players competing in specially designed wheelchairs.

For Team GB, the tournament is an important opportunity to put down a marker ahead of next year’s European Championships in Denmark, where they will look to defend their crown.

CEO of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby, David Pond, said:“We are delighted to return to Leicester for this fantastic tournament. All teams were overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome we received by the people of Leicester when we played the first King Power Quad Nations in the city and we are hoping for even bigger crowds this time. We are also really appreciative of King Power who have come forward again to sponsor the event, so a big thank you to them. Spectators will see the game at the very highest level and it’s fantastic that World Champions, Japan, will be joining us.”

The King Power Quad Nations tournament will be held at Leicester’s Morningside Arena between Friday 1 March and Sunday 3 March, 2019.


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