World Para Powerlifting’s World Cup will span four continents for the first time in 2020, with Thailand staging its first international para powerlifting competition in Nakhon Ratchasima from Feburary 24 to 26.
The Thailand competition will be during the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports (IWAS) Federation World Games, which are scheduled to be held from February 20 to 28. The IWAS World Games is a biennial multi-sport event hosting athletes in Under-23, Open and Master (40 years and older) categories.
The World Cup circuit will begin in Nigeria’s capital Abuja from February 5 to 7, followed by Manchester in the UK from February 20 to 23. After the Thailand leg, the World Cup will visit Bogotá, Colombia from March 19 to 22. An event in Dubai will bring the season to a close, between April 14 to 20, marking the 11th World Cup celebrated in the United Arab Emirates.
The Para Powerlifting World Cup will provide an opportunity for para powerlifters to improve their ranking and move towards qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. The powerlifting competition for the Paralympics will take place from August 27 to 31 at the Tokyo International Forum.
Head of World Para Powerlifting Jorge Moreno said: “We are excited about the upcoming World Cup season as it will offer powerlifters from across the planet the opportunity to compete in high-level events in preparation for Tokyo 2020.”
“This will be the first time that World Cup legs take place in four continents – Africa, Americas, Asia and Europe – providing a platform for the further development of our sport.”