World Para Powerlifting has revealed the logo for the Kitakyushu 2018 Asia-Oceania Championships, set to take place from 8-12 September.
Around 230 athletes from 35 countries are expected for the competition, which will bring a major World Para powerlifting Championships to Japan for the first time, only two years prior to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
The logo represents the powerful design of the Japanese flag with the red ‘circle of the sun’ and the strength of the powerlifters, as well as incorporating Kokura Castle, one of the city’s icons.
Siamand Rahman, the world’s strongest Paralympian, is set to compete at the event. Last year, the Iranian became the first powerlifter to break the 300kg barrier by lifting 310kg at Rio 2016.
Other Paralympic champions likely to compete in Kitakyushu include Vietnam’s Le van Cong (men’s up to 49kg), China’s Hu Dandan (women’s up to 45kg) and Tan Yujiao (women’s up to 67kg), and United Arab Emirates’ Mohammed Khalaf (men’s up to 88kg).
The venue for the Championships, which in the past have attracted some of the world’s best powerlifters, will be Kitakyushu Performing Arts Centre.
The last IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 2015, and featured more than 205 athletes from 29 countries.