The World’s Best Wheelchair Rugby Teams Arrive in London

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Four of the world’s best Wheelchair Rugby teams will compete in the London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this week, a test event for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and part of the London Prepares series.

The world’s best Wheelchair Rugby teams arrive in London

The world’s best Wheelchair Rugby teams arrive in London

Wheelchair Rugby is an exciting sport and we are delighted to be hosting some of the world’s best teams as well as being able to offer the opportunity to thousands of people from the local area to come and watch the competition.

Four of the world’s best Wheelchair Rugby teams will compete in the London International Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament this week, a test event for the London 2012 Paralympic Games and part of the London Prepares series.

Taking place from 18-19 April in the Basketball Arena in the Olympic Park, the event will give the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) the chance to test its operations including the field of play, results and scoring systems, and workforce.

For the competing teams this will be their one chance to compete in the same venue that will host the Wheelchair Rugby competition during the Paralympic Games.

Wheelchair Rugby is one of the most fast and thrilling Paralympic sports and with Australia, Sweden, Canada and Great Britain ranked second, fourth, fifth and sixth in the world respectively competing in the tournament, it is set to be a fierce contest.

Debbie Jevans, Director of Sport at LOCOG, said: 'The London Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament is the first Paralympic test event of this year and will be a vital test of our operations. Wheelchair Rugby is an exciting sport and we are delighted to be hosting some of the world’s best teams as well as being able to offer the opportunity to thousands of people from the local area to come and watch the competition.'

Tickets for the Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament have been given to local schools and colleges as well as members of the sports governing body. Over 2000 spectators will enjoy the action over the two days of competition.

Wheelchair Rugby during the Paralympic Games takes place from Wednesday 5 September – Sunday 9 September 2012 with eight teams battling it out in the Basketball Arena.

For more details, visit http://www.londonpreparesseries.com

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London 2012 Games partners:

The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.

LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, BMW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.

There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.

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