Among the international visitors to Leicester's Morningside Arena this weekend will be a delegation led by Kenji Kitahashi, the mayor of Kitakyushu, a city which will host Great Britain’s training camps for the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, the Paralympic Test Event and the Paralympic Games in 2020.
GB will grant open access to training camp to the citizens of Kitakyushu and also carry out community liaison in the region as part of an initiative to be signed over the course of the weekend in Leicester.
Mr Kitahashi, 65, will watch the Japan v France game in Leicester before attending a formal dinner at the King Power Stadium with Leicester’s Lord Mayor, Ross Grant.
“It’s an enormous honour to welcome Mr Kitahashi and delegates from Kitakyushu to Leicester,” said David Pond, CEO of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. ”I am looking forward to taking wheelchair rugby to Kitakyushu and for its citizens to enjoy an incredible sport played by incredible athletes”.
Later this year, the city of Kitakyushu will also host the Wales team in the group stages of the Rugby Union World Cup.