Kitakyushu to host 2018 Para powerlifting Asian OpenJapan will host its first major Para powerlifting Championships just two years before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 26 Apr 2016
“We are delighted that the Japanese public will have the opportunity to see these incredible athletes compete on their doorstep before Tokyo 2020.”
IPC Powerlifting has announced that Kitakyushu, Japan, will host the 2018 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships, just two years before the country stages the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Around 230 athletes from 35 countries are expected for the competition between 8-12 September 2018, which will bring a major Para powerlifting Championships to Japan for the first time.
Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted that the Japanese public will have the opportunity to see these incredible athletes compete on their doorstep before Tokyo 2020.
“We also hope it will give powerlifters a taste of what they can expect from competing in the wonderful, vibrant culture of Japan.
“I would like to thank the organisers, the Japanese Para-Powerlifting Federation, for their bid to host the Asian Open Championships and I am confident that we will have a great competition.”
Susumu Yoshida, President of the Local Organising Committee, said: “The city of Kitakyushu is located in the south of Japan and is said to be the gate to Asia.
“We think Kitakyushu is an ideal place to have the 2018 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships. We at the Japanese Para-Powerlifting Federation together with the city government of Kitakyushu will welcome all the IPC Powerlifting officials and athletes.
“We think that everyone who attends this Championship will be able to enjoy the hospitality and culture of Japan and Kitakyushu.”
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.
Iran’s Siamand Rahman, dubbed the world’s strongest Paralympian, broke the men’s over 107kg world record with a 295kg lift. His record now stands at 296kg in anticipation of another impressive performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Powerlifting has expanded its calendar rapidly in recent years, introducing World Cups and holding the first Americas Open Championships in 2015.
Cartagena, Colombia, will stage the 2018 Americas Open.
European and World Championships are also held regularly, with the next Worlds scheduled for Mexico City in 2017.