Jessica Lewis like many other athletes will be looking at the calendar released by the World Para Athletics as they announced the provisional calendar for the 2021 season. It includes the dates for the World Para Athletics Grand Prix and the European Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Host city of the last World Championships, Dubai will open the Grand Prix season from 10-13 February at UAEs Fazza International Athletics Championships. Other two GPs will follow in March. First in Tunisian capital Tunis from 18-20, then in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 25-27.
The series will head to Europe in April with Italy staging the Grand Prix from 16th 18th at a venue and host city yet to be confirmed. Still in April, the fifth leg is set to be held in Chinese capital Beijing from 23rd 25th.
The Grand Prix returns to Europe in May. First travelling to Paris, France from 5th 7th. Then visiting Nottwil, Switzerland at one of the worlds fastest wheelchair racing tracks from 14th 16th.
Mesa, USA is set to host the ninth leg of the Grand Prix at the traditional Arizona Desert Challenge Games with dates yet to be confirmed.
Europeans and Junior Worlds
World Para Athletics also confirmed the Bydgoszcz 2021 European Championships will take place from June 1st 5th. The competition was initially scheduled to June 2nd 7th this year but had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
The coronavirus outbreak also caused the 2020 Grand Prix to be cancelled and forced the postponement of the World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan from 2021 to 2022.
Due to the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and the World Championships, World Para Athletics confirmed that the Junior World Championships will not take place in 2021 but in 2022 instead.
The aim is to continue aligning the Junior Worlds in the same year as the World Championships. Dates and host city will be confirmed at a later date.
2021 Grand Prix Calendar* (Competition/Dates)
Dubai 2021 GP - Fazza International Athletics Championships - February 10th 13th
Tunis 2021 GP - 13th Tunis International Meeting March 18th 20th
Sao Paulo 2021 GP - Loterias Caixa Open Championships March 25th 27th
Italy 2021 GP - Italian Open Championships (city TBC) April 16th 18th
Beijing 2021 GP - The 8th China Open Athletics Championships April 23rd 25th
Paris 2021 GP - Handisport Open Paris May 5th 7th
Nottwil 2021 GP - ParAthletics May 14th 16th
Arizona 2021 GP - Desert Challenge Games - Dates TBC