The Clash promises to deliver world-class wheelchair basketball action
In just four days the titans of international wheelchair basketball will arrive in Leicester to compete in the 2016 Continental Clash. It is the first time this tournament will be hosted in Leicester. The Continental Clash has attracted teams from across the globe and is seen as crucial preparation ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The City Mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, and Riders Basketball Chairman, Kevin Routledge, have been instrumental in supporting the tournament’s move to Leicester, and also its choice of venue at the Riders new purpose built Arena.
The Council considers the City’s hosting of such a prestigious tournament to be a feather in its cap. Speaking on behalf of the City Council, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor commented ‘Leicester is now known internationally for its sporting credentials and is home to world-class teams such as Leicester City, the Riders and the Tigers. We are a city that is diverse and inclusive and this extends to our sporting interests.
‘It is a privilege for the City to host a wheelchair basketball tournament of this calibre. This is a leading sporting event in the Paralympic calendar, and to welcome international teams two months before Rio is an honour.’
Kevin Routledge, Chairman of the Riders supports Cllr Piara Singh Clair’s comments and added ‘Leicester has shown the Riders incredible support on our return to the City. We know that our fans and their passion for basketball and world-class sporting action will be delighted by the addition of the Continental Clash to the calendar at the Leicester Sports Arena.’
Charlie Bethel, Chief Executive of British Wheelchair Basketball is excited about the move to Leicester and remarked ‘Our Great British men’s wheelchair basketball team is the most successful British team in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games since it was included at the first Paralympic Games. This is an incredible feat. The team is also the current European Champions.
‘This weekend we will witness the world’s best wheelchair basketball players compete at the Leicester Sports Arena. This includes the current Paralympic champions Canada and World Champions, Australia. The four-day tournament promises to be action packed and a true marvel for spectators.’