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Kobe announced as host of 2021 World Para Athletics Championships

The city of Kobe, Japan has been confirmed as the host city for the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships.

The event is the first major athletics event to be announced to be taking place in Japan after the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. World Para Athletics head Haozhe Gao said that he was “confident that the city of Kobe will continue the legacy” of those Games.

The tenth edition of the biennial meet will be the first ever to be held in East Asia, and will take place in the city’s 45,000-capacity Universiade Memorial Stadium. The venue was built for the 1985 Summer Universiade and has also previously played host to the 2011 Asian Athletics Championships and the 2012 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

1,300 athletes from over 100 countries are expected to compete in Kobe in 2021.

The 2019 edition of the World Para Athletics Championships will be held in November in Dubai.