The World Para Athletics division of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that Dubai will host the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.
The championships will take place at the new athletics stadium of the Dubai Club for People of Determination from November 7-15 next year. The event will be run under the patronage of Crown Prince of Dubai, HH Sheikh Hamdane Almaktoum.
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. More than 1,300 athletes from more than 100 countries are expected to take part in the competition.
The award of the 2019 Championships to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) comes after London was linked to a second consecutive staging of the event. Last year’s World Para Athletics Championships took place at London Stadium, the main venue for the London 2012 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The 56,000-capacity facility then staged the IAAF World Championships, with the Para Athletics Championships selling more tickets than the previous seven editions combined.
Commenting on the award of the hosting rights to Dubai, IPC summer sports director Ryan Montgomery said: “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. With the support of the Local Organising Committee, we will build once again on the success of previous editions by enhancing our TV and social media audiences, increasing our education programmes and furthering our anti-doping initiatives. We want athletes to have the best possible environment to achieve their goals.”
Majid Rashed, chief executive of the Dubai Club for People of Determination, added: “As a club and as 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.”