The International Cycling Union (UCI) has awarded hosting rights for the 2020 edition of its Para-Cycling Track World Championships to Canada.
The event will take place at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario from January 30 to February 2, 2020. The competition will be organised by the Cycling Canada national governing body.
It will mark the first time that Canada has hosted the Para-Cycling Track World Championships, although the Mattamy National Cycling Centre has experience of hosting major cycling events. The venue staged a round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in December and will do so again in 2018 and 2019.
The 2020 Para-Cycling Track World Championships will double up as the final qualifying competition for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan later in the year.
Mathieu Boucher, performance development director at Cycling Canada, said: “The fact that Milton was allocated the Para-Cycling Track World Championships is a testament to the trust the UCI has in our team’s ability to deliver a world-class event.
“Canada has been very involved in the development and promotion of para-cycling in the last years, and this event will help accomplish this. Canadian athletes have had incredible international performances in recent years and we are excited to be able to see them compete on home soil.”
The Mattamy National Cycling Centre was built to host track events at the 2015 Pan American Games multi-sport event in Toronto.
The most recent edition of the Para-Cycling Track World Championships took place last year in the US city of Los Angeles. This year's event will take place in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, with Apeldoorn in the Netherlands to host in 2019.