About the competition
World Para Powerlifting and the Local Organising Committee are pleased to invite you to the 2018 World Para Powerlifting Asia-Oceania Open Championships to be held in Kitakyushu, Japan from 8–12 September 2018. This competition features as a mandatory step on the qualification pathway for all Asian and Oceanian Para powerlifters striving to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Thanks to its wonderful location surrounded by rich nature and history, Riverwalk Kitakyushu gives one a sense of openness, of being connected with the nature of Murasaki River and Katsuyama Park — without going outside! With open-air cafes with idyllic views of the river and the park, as well as open spaces filled with natural light, Riverwalk Kitakyushu offers a gathering place where even a simple stroll is great fun.
At first glance, Riverwalk Kitakyushu looks as if it consists of multiple buildings of different heights, shapes and colors. This look was created part-intentionally, to give its guests the pleasure of enjoying the complex as a work of architecture, as well as because the piece of land on which it was built stretched wide and long East-to-West. At Riverwalk Kitakyushu, the characteristics of the land were put to good use by making the massive single building look like a collection of unique buildings, making it look less overpowering.
Kitakyushu is the northernmost city of Kyushu and has been an important hub for both land and marine traffic since olden times. It is the gateway between Honshu and Kyushu, as well as an important port for international trade. The city was formed in 1963 with the merger of five independent cities, namely, Kokura, Moji, Yahata, Tobata and Wakamatsu. It is very much an industrial city, contributing to the manufacturing capabilities of Japan.