World Para Athletics has announced a provisional calendar for the 2021 season, with seven Para Athletics Grand Prix events confirmed.
Bermuda Paralympian Jessica Lewis will be looking to see if and when she would be able to compete as she begins her preparations for the upcoming Paralympic Games.
Dubai is expected to host the opening Grand Prix event from February 10th to 13th at the UAE’s Fazza International Athletics Championships.
Athletes will then head to Tunisia to compete in the Tunis Grand Prix from February 18th to 20th.
Italy is scheduled to host the third Grand Prix event of the season between April 16th -18th, before China’s capital, Beijing stages competition from April 23rd - 25th.
The provisional calendar concludes with Grand Prix events in Paris and Nottwil.
The French capital is due to host the competition from May 5th – 7th, with the sport’s best wheelchair racers, expected to headline the competition at Nottwil in Switzerland from May 14th to 16th.
Săo Paulo in Brazil is also set to host one of the Grand Prix legs, but dates are yet to be confirmed.
The Grand Prix events build-up to the European Championships, which are due to take place from June 1st – 5th in Bydgoszcz.
The Polish venue had been due to host the event last year, but the competition was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Athletes will also use the Grand Prix events to hone their preparations for the rescheduled Paralympic Games in Tokyo, which are set to take place from August 24th to September 5th.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, which will now be held in 2022.
The 2020 Para Athletics Grand Prix was also severely disrupted and organizers will hope that the global health crisis subsides to allow more competitions to be staged this year.
The Junior World Championships have also been moved from 2021 to 2022, with a host city and dates to be confirmed at a later date.