2020 King Power Quad Nations in Leicester

King Power Quad Nations Gets Underway In Leicester!

Following the official launch of this year's King Power Quad Nations, Hamza Choudhury headed down to Morningside Arena on Friday to see Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team in action.
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- Hamza Choudhury visited the King Power Quad Nations on its first day of action in Leicester
- The 2020 contest is the third Quad Nations tournament supported by King Power
- Three of the world's four best teams will be in action over the weekend at Morningside Arena
- Choudhury was delighted to see Leicester show its credentials as a host for world-class tournaments 

Team GB were visitors to the Club's Belvoir Drive training ground on Tuesday the mark the return of a competition which sees three of the world's four best teams go head-to-head in Leicester.

On the first day of action, Choudhury headed across the city to watch Team GB play out a thrilling 65-64 defeat by the United States, before later beating 2016 gold medalists Australia 58-46.

All three teams in contention this weekend will go on to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games and are among the favourites to seal a podium finish in Tokyo this summer.

With more than 5,000 spectators expected to watch the King Power Quad Nations, the winning outfit will receive The Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Trophy on Sunday.

After seeing firsthand a sport branded 'Murderball' - for it's high-stakes, intense playing style - Choudhury paid tribute to King Power's backing of the competition, which is in its third year.

"It’s amazing!" he told LCFC TV. "It’s massive for the city and it shows the dedication of King Power to host tournaments in Leicester. We’re growing and we want to host these big tournaments.


Choudhury Watches On As King Power Quad Nations Begins

Over this weekend, Leicester hosts the King Power Quad Nations, with three of the best teams in world going head-to-head in fast-paced, dramatic wheelchair rugby.

"It’s the third year that King Power have hosted it, so it’s massive and it’s nice that people come out here to support them and watch them and learn about the game.

"There were loads of schools here earlier. There’s still a couple around here, so it’s a massive opportunity for them to get to know the sport and maybe take part as well.

"They’re elite athletes in their own way and you can see they all get stuck in and it’s quite physical, so it’s really nice to see them putting their all into a sport as well."

Throughout the day, coaches from Leicester City in the Community, joined by Filbert Fox and the Club's Supporter Engagement Team, gave local children the chance to try wheelchair rugby.

It was all part of the Club's continued dedication, alongside that of King Power, to bring world-class sport to the region as the city showcases its ability to host international events.

Martyn Salt, the King Power Quad Nations' Event Director, was delighted by the turnout on day one, especially the enthusiasm shown by local schoolchildren.

"Leicester City and the city of Leicester have been fantastic for us," he said. "To see kids just jumping in the wheelchairs and having no problems with it, just diving in, has been fantastic.

"The three teams here this weekend, at least two of those teams are going to win medals in the Paralympics in Tokyo this year and hopefully all three.

"The competition you’re going to see here is the very, very best in the world and it’s great to have them here.

"We’re growing every year. We have more people buying tickets this year and it’s one of those sports that you have to see it to get it.

"Once people come, they want to come back, so each year, we’re getting more and more people engaging and that will keep growing hopefully."

For more information about the competition, including how to buy tickets, visit the King Power Quad Nations website, by clicking HERE.

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