More than 1,300 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to take part at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.
The city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, will host the 2019 Championships from 7-15 November next year, World Para Athletics has announced.
The championships will take place at the new athletics stadium of the Dubai Club for People of Determination and will be run under the patronage of Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdane Almaktoum.
The World Championships will not only be the pinnacle of the Para athletics season in 2019, but will also act as the last major opportunity for athletes to gain slots for their National Paralympic Committees for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
According to the International Paralympic Committee Summer Sports Director Ryan Montgomery, they are very honoured to announce Dubai as the host city of the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.
“It is great to have the event back in Asia less than one year before the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Dubai and the UAE have been very important partners of the Paralympic Movement for a long time and we have full confidence that Dubai will exceed our expectations”.
“With the support of the Local Organising Committee, we will build once again on the success of previous editions by enhancing our TV and social media audiences, increasing our education programmes and furthering our anti-doping initiatives. We want athletes to have the best possible environment to achieve their goals.”
International Paralympic Committee Governing Board Member and United Arab Emirates NPC President
Mohammed Al Hameli said: “We are very proud to have Dubai and the United Arab Emirates hosting for the first time the World Para Athletics Championships”.
“The participating nations and their athletes will find world class facilities to be able to perform at their best. It will also be a great opportunity for the people of UAE and the citizens of Dubai to watch some of the world’s best athletes in action”.
This will be the ninth edition of the World Para Athletics Championships.