Dubai will host the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, it has been announced.
The World Para Athletics division of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) revealed that the championships will be held at the new athletics stadium of the Dubai Club for People of Determination in November 2019.
More than 1,300 athletes from over 100 countries expected to take part in the competition, a statement ssaid.
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 summer Paralympic Games, it added.
IPC summer sports director, Ryan Montgomery, said: “We 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."
Majid Rashed, chief executive of the Dubai Club for People of Determination, added: “As a club and as an emirate, we have a long tradition within our organisation of delivering world-class sporting events.
“We will build on what we have learned from hosting the Para-Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships and our annual World Para Athletics Grand Prix, ensuring that this championship builds on the success of previous editions and the athletes inspire the world.”For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.