IPC Athletics, the global governing body of para-athletics, has opened a bidding process for its 2019 World Championships, the final major international track and field event prior to the 2020 summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The Championships is the biggest single para-sport event and in three years’ time is set to attract more than 1,300 athletes from over 100 countries. The 2019 Para-Athletics World Championships will act as a major qualification event for the Paralympic Games to be held in the Japanese capital the following year. IPC Athletics has set a bid deadline for the event of September 1.
Ryan Montgomery, summer sports director for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), said: “The 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, attracted the largest ever number of teams, athletes, broadcasters, media and commercial partners. We are hugely confident we will build on this success at our next World Championships in London, Great Britain, in 2017. The event brings many benefits to the host city and we aim for the 2019 hosts to capitalise on the continued growth of the sport, especially in the year leading up to Tokyo 2020.”
The 2017 Championships will take place in London from July 15-23. The event will be held at the Olympic Stadium, just a month before the same venue plays host to the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) World Championships.