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Omar comes out on top in battle of champions

Egypt's Fatma Omar beats Mexican Amalia Perez as records are broken across all competitions on day four of the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE.

Fatma Omar Dubai 2014 Fatma Omar, four-time Paralympic champion, stormed to gold at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in the women's -61kg. © • IPC
By IPC

With the medals decided, Perez then failed with a 135kg world record attempt and could only watch on as World Champion Omar managed 135.5kg, to add 3.5kg to her previous best set five months ago.

Two London 2012 Paralympic champions went head-to-head at the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, on Tuesday (8 April) with Egypt's Fatma Omar coming out on top against Mexico's Amilia Perez, on a day that saw world records continue to fall.

Due to changes in weight categories made in 2013, Omar - the -56kg champion from London - was pitched against Perez - the -60kg gold medallist - in the women's -61kg.

Despite the rivalry, the gold medal was effectively decided in the first round with world record holder and four-time Paralympic champion Omar lifting 130kg. The weight was 15kg more than any of her competitors could manage in the opening exchanges and a lift that was never challenged in the following rounds.

Returning from a shoulder injury, Perez struggled to find her rhythm and failed with her first two attempts at 128kg, whilst Omar, confident of victory, was unsuccessful at two 135kg world record attempts.

With the prospect of not even posting a weight, never mind winning a medal, a growing possibility for Perez, the 40-year-old showed grit and determination to succeed with her third attempt at 128kg, which was good enough to secure the silver medal ahead of China's Yan Yang (115kg) in bronze.

With the medals decided, Perez then failed with a 135kg world record attempt and could only watch on as World Champion Omar managed 135.5kg, to add 3.5kg to her previous best set five months ago.

The junior world title and European record went to Russia's 19-year-old Irina Galitcyna (70kg).

Nigeria's Paralympic champion Esther Oyema looked comfortable as she first equalled, then broke, her own world record twice on the way to victory in the women's -55kg.

The 31-year-old opened with 120kg, before lifting 123kg in round two to break the record she set in Kuala Lumpur in November 2013.

With a third-round flourish, Oyema hauled 125kg to further her world mark.

China's Shanshan Shi (115kg) finished in silver, whilst Russia's Anastasia Khonina (109kg) took bronze.

The junior title went to 19-year-old Italian Martina Barbierato (70kg).

The men's -80kg was an incredibly close fight which looked to be going the way of Egypt's Metwaly Mathana until China's Xiao Fei Gu pulled out an astonishing final round lift to secure gold and break the world record.

During the first two rounds, Mathana was 4kg ahead of his rival, first posting 225kg before following it up with 232kg, 2kg more than Gu's world record, in the second.

Undeterred, London 2012 silver medallist Gu lifted 236kg in the third round to claim back his world record and secure gold as Mathana failed with an attempt at 237kg.

In lifting a European record 197kg, Latus Wawrzyniec looked surprised at winning bronze, Poland's first medal in Dubai.

France's Julian Avom Mbume, 18, won the junior gold and world record with a lift of 160kg.

Buoyed on by the success of her teammate, Yujiao Tan then broke her own world with a second round lift of 132.5kg in the women's -67kg to win China's second gold of the day.

Egypt's third medal of the day came courtesy of silver medallist Amal Mahmoud (116kg) with Russia's Kheda Berieva (115kg) in bronze with a European record.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, featuring over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries, run from 5-11 April and are the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also features the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport.

A full competition schedule and live results can be found at the Dubai 2014 website as well as further information about the competition.

The competition is also being live streamed.

Fatma Omar Dubai 2014

Fatma Omar Dubai 2014

Turkey’s Muslu makes history at powerlifting worlds

Nazmiye Muslu made history one day one of the powerlifting world championships by becoming the first woman in the -41kg category to lift more than 100kg and Paralympic champion Nigerian Yakubu Adesokan wins the men’s -49kg title.

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By IPC

"I am very happy with my record. It has been a lot of hard work and a long time coming"

Turkey's Paralympic champion Nazmiye Muslu made history on the first day of the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, UAE, on Saturday (5 April) by becoming the first woman to break the 100kg barrier in the -41kg weight category with a gold medal winning lift of 103kg.

Muslu showed her intent to break new ground with her first lift by equalling her own world record of 100kg set at the 2013 IPC Powerlifting European Championships. Then, in the second round, the 35 year old went further lifting 103kg and was able to sit-out the final round.

"I am very happy with my record. It has been a lot of hard work and a long time coming," said Muslu afterwards.

China's Zhe Cui (98kg) added 3kg onto her personal best to take silver and equal her medal performance from London 2012. Indonesian Ni Nengah Widiashi (93kg) took bronze.

The women's junior crown went to Russian Yulia Vorontsova (69kg) with a new junior world record.

In an incredibly tense men's -49kg, which saw the world record fall three times, Nigeria's Yakubu Adesokan beat off a sustained challenge Vietnam's Van Cong Le.

The gold medal looked to be Le's after the 29 year-old broke Adesokan's world record with a lift of 177kg in the second round, and improved it further still with a 180kg lift in the third round.

However, Adesokan showed true champion qualities with a final lift of 181kg to take back the world record and complete a unique Grand Slam of Paralympic, world and Commonwealth titles.

Russia's London 2012 silver medallist Vladimir Balynetc (166kg) finished third, whilst the junior world record went to 15 year-old Iranian Mohsen Bakhtiar (131kg) who finished tenth overall.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, featuring over 330 athletes from nearly 60 countries, run from 5-11 April and are the first opportunity for athletes to begin qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition also features the climax to the "Raise the Bar campaign," which has seen powerlifters and team officials take part in education seminars as part of efforts to reduce doping in the sport. A full competition schedule is available as well as live results.

For more information about the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, please visit the event website

The competition is also being live streamed.

Biggest ever powerlifting worlds set to begin

Around 360 lifters from over 60 countries, more athletes than at London 2012, have arrived in Dubai, UAE, and are preparing for the start of the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships.

Dubai 2014 logo The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates © • IPC

The biggest ever IPC Powerlifting World Championships will get underway on Saturday (5 April) in Dubai, UAE, with more athletes competing than ever before in an event that will be live streamed at Paralympic.org.

Featuring around 360 lifters from over 60 countries, including all 20 current senior world record holders and over 30 medallists from London 2012, the competition is evidence of the incredible growth in the sport with more athletes than at London set to begin their qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Amongst those competing is Egypt’s double Paralympic champion Sherif Othman. Speaking to Paralympic.org during a break in his gruelling six-days-per-week training schedule, Othman said he was confident of smashing his own +54kg world record of 181kg:

“If everything goes well I will break my world record and I am aiming for over 200kg. If it’s less than 200kg I will be very disappointed because my training is very good.”

Othman claims to have lifted 202kg in training back home in Egypt.

Nigeria, notoriously dominant in powerlifting and the holders of four out of the 20 senior world records, have sent a delegation which includes the duo of Paralympic champions and record holders Loveline Obiji (women’s -86kg) and Esther Oyema (women’s -55kg).

“We have been training very hard to maintain our position, to make sure we get what we want,” Obiji said.

One of the biggest rivalries of the competition will come in the men’s +107kg on the last day of competition (11 April) with Iranian teammates Mansour Pourmirzaei, the current world record holder, and Paralympic champion Siamand Rahman fighting to take the world title and break the 300kg mark.

Pourmirzaei said: “I have had a plan for 10 years to reach that goal. I do not feel that there is anyone else apart from Siamand that can challenge me.”

Other events to look out for on the livestream include both the women’s -41kg on 5 April and the -61kg taking place on 8 April.

In the -41kg, Turkey’s Nazmiye Muslu remains the only female lifter to have reached the 100kg barrier in her weight category.

Mexican Paralympic champion Amalia Perez, on a comeback from an injury-plagued 2013 season, will be looking to return to her previous form over current Egyptian world record holder Fatma Omar in the -61kg.

The 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships run from 5-11 April in Dubai, UAE, and are the first opportunity for athletes to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

A full competition schedule is available.

The competition also features the climax to the IPC Powerlifting Raise the Bar campaign, a series of seminars for athletes and teams which aims to give them the knowledge to make the right choices during training and competition. Participants have also had the chance to take an anti-doping quiz and show their support for clean sport by having their picture taken for IPC Powerlifting's Facebook page and @IPCPowerlifting.

Pictures from the competition will be available every day at the IPC's Flickr account.

Elizabeth Broad: Five nutrition tips for powerlifters

The author of ‘Sports Nutrition for Paralympic Athletes’ explains how para-powerlifters can get the most out of their nutrition.

 Tzu-Hui Lin wins gold at London 2012 Chinese powerlifter Tzu-Hui Lin wins gold at London 2012 © • Getty
By Elizabeth Broad

While athletes do not expend a lot of energy in competition, executing the lift skillfully and smoothly is of paramount importance and still requires a nutrition plan to be in place.

In preparation for the IPC Powerlifting World Championships in Dubai, it is important to have a good plan in place on how to make weight and recover effectively in time for competition. While athletes do not expend a lot of energy in competition, executing the lift skillfully and smoothly is of paramount importance and still requires a nutrition plan to be in place.

Here are my top five tips for powerlifters:

1. Make sure you are within 2-3 per cent of your competition weight a week before your competition. The more weight you have to drop to make weight, the more stress you place on your body and the harder it is to effectively recover before you compete. Those who have to travel to Dubai need to remain vigilant with their diet to prevent unnecessary weight gain during the flight and on arrival if they are eating ‘buffet style’.

2. Practice your weight-making strategies during training so you know how much weight you can lose ‘easily’. Have a few different strategies you can use, including:

o Small food restriction (especially if your training is reduced coming into competition) - Reduce the volume of food you eat at main meals, and avoid high energy foods such as fried foods, creamy sauces, chocolate, crisps etc. This should start about five to seven days out from competition.

o Fluid restriction – Cut back on the amount of fluid you drink starting 24 hours before you are due to weigh in. Try to avoid cutting out fluid totally – just drop back to about ½ what you would normally drink.

o Sweat it out - If you still have a bit to lose the morning of your weigh in, try sweating out a bit – such as a hot bath or a short time in a sauna the day of weigh in (less than 10-20 minutes). Lifters with a spinal cord injury need to be careful as they tend to sweat less (so losing weight this way is less effective), and are more likely to increase their core body temperature which can impact on health, well-being and performance.

o Don’t overdo it - Limit being dehydrated to the final 24 hours before weigh in, rather than doing this for several days. Being chronically dehydrated increases your risk of getting sick (which you will be more at risk of if you are travelling and in a new country anyway because of a new range of germs you will be exposed to) and also increases the risk of developing a urinary tract infection (particularly those with spinal cord injuries).

3. Recover effectively between your weigh in and your competition. Start by rehydrating – fluids that contain electrolytes (i.e. salt, such as a sports drink or milk) are a good option, and you can also add a bit of salt to foods so that the fluid hydrates you more effectively. A meal should be consumed soon after weigh in.

4. Your final snack should be one to two hours before your first lift, and should be carbohydrate-based to make sure your blood glucose levels are stable for competition. It does not need to be a large meal – whatever is comfortable and familiar for you, and you have had prior to training sessions so you know it ‘sits’ well on your stomach when you lift.

5. Between lifts, sip on small quantities of a sports drink OR water with small amounts of carbohydrate-based food (such as a bite of a banana or a cereal bar) to keep blood glucose levels up and prevent hunger over the duration of the competition. This will depend on the number of participants, and how long the whole competition will last.

Elizabeth Broad is the author of ‘Sports Nutrition for Paralympic Athletes´.

Hug wins 5,000m thriller at IPC Athletics Grand Prix

The Swiss Silver Bullet held on as Thailand’s Prawat Waharam smashed the Asian record.

Marcel Hug Swiss 'Silver Bullet' Marcel Hug on his way to 10,000m gold at Lyon 2013 © • G-Picout
By IPC

In the field, Ireland’s Yvonne McCloskey set a new javelin F40 European record with a throw of 17.28m, breaking British athlete Kim Minett’s six-year-old record by 2.27m.

On the final day of competition on Tuesday 25 February at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE, Switzerland’s Marcel Hug won a thrilling 5,000m T54 race which saw the top three finishers all within 0.35 seconds of each other.

Hug, who claimed five world titles in Lyon, France, last year won the race in 10:11.62, fractionally ahead of the Thai pair of Prawat Waharam (10:11.84) and Rawat Tana (10:11.97).

Waharam’s time smashed the Asian record set last July by Japan’s Masayuki Higuchi by more than nine seconds and showed that after missing last year’s World Championships the 32-year-old is back to the form that won him 5,000m Paralympic titles in 2000 and 2008.

Tuesday’s competition also saw Uzbekistan’s Yokutkhon Kholbekova (4:59.09) break the 1,500m T12 Asian record by more than 18 seconds. The previous record of 5:17.67 had been set by China’s Hongying Xie in August 2003 at a meeting in Quebec, Canada.

In the field, Ireland’s Yvonne McCloskey set a new javelin F40 European record with a throw of 17.28m, breaking British athlete Kim Minett’s six-year-old record by 2.27m.

Strong winds prevented Tunisia’s world and Paralympic champion Walid Ktila in breaking his fourth world record of the meeting. The 28-year-old finished the 100m T34 in 15.31, 0.38 seconds inside his own world record, however a tail-wind of 2.6m/s means his time did not stand.

Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina (25.45) continued her blistering form with victory in the 200m T11, finishing well ahead of teammates Jhulia Santos (27.21) and Jerussa Santos (27.66).

Over four days of competition at the first IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the season, nearly 500 athletes from 39 countries took part in 86 different events, breaking seven world and 22 regional records.

The next Grand Prix will take place in Beijing, China, between 14-16 April. Meetings will then be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Arizona, USA; Nottwil, Switzerland; Grosseto, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Tunis, Tunisia. The series will climax in late August with the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finals in Birmingham, Great Britain.

Tunisia’s Walid Ktila smashes third world record in two days in Dubai

The third day of competition at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix saw one world and six regional records broken as a new British talent emerged

Walid Ktila of Tunisia Walid Ktila of Tunisia wins gold in the men's 200m T34 final on day 6 of the London 2012 Paralympic Games © • Getty Images
By IPC

The two-time Paralympic champion now holds the T34 world record in all distances from 100m through to 800m, all events he is also the world champion in.

After breaking the 200m and 800m T34 world records on Sunday (23 February), Tunisia’s world and Paralympic champion Walid Ktila was in record-breaking form again on Monday (24 February), this time in the men’s 400m T34 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE.

In blustery conditions, the 28-year-old finished the 400m in 50.95, 0.58 seconds quicker than his previous world record set in Nottwil, Switzerland, last May.

The two-time Paralympic champion now holds the T34 world record in all distances from 100m through to 800m, all events he is also the world champion in.

On the third day of competition at the first IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the season, six regional records were broken, and there was a strong showing by Asian athletes which bodes well for October’s Asian Para Games in Incheon, South Korea.

There was double delight for Indian athletes with Ankur Dhama and Vikas Dagar each breaking an Asian record apiece.

Dhama (2:09.41) lowered the 800m T11 Asian record, set more than 10 years ago, by more than five seconds, whilst teammate Dagar (14.26m) set a new discuss F43 world record, his second regional record of the meeting following his performance in the shot put.

Uzbekistan’s Fakriddin Khamraev also followed up his 1,500m T13 Asian record from the weekend with a sensational run in the men’s 800m. His time of 1:53.20 was just 0.70 seconds outside the world record, but smashed the previous Asian record set at the 2010 Asian Para Games by over 14 seconds.

Khamraev’s teammate Yokutkhon Kholbekova also broke the near eight year old 800m T12 Asian record, posting a time of 2:22.62.

A European record was set in the field by Bulgaria’s Mihail Hristov who leapt 6.00m in the long jump F45.

One athlete who is certainly making a name for herself in Dubai is Great Britain’s Maria Lyle. The 14-year old followed up her 200m T35 world record from the weekend with a victory in the 100m T35/36, posting a wind assisted 14.58, to beat Germany’s T36 world champion Claudia Nikoleitzik into second place.

Monday’s competition also saw Germany’s world and Paralympic champion Marcus Rehm ease to victory in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.27m, some way short of his world record set last July.

Competition in Dubai will come to a close on Tuesday (25 February) with 28 different events.

This year's Grand Prix series will visit nine countries in four continents with the next event after Dubai taking place in Beijing, China in mid-April. Meetings will then be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Arizona, USA; Nottwil, Switzerland; Grosseto, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Tunis, Tunisia. The series will climax in late August with the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finals in Birmingham, Great Britain.

Walid Ktila smashes 200m and 800m world records in Dubai

Five world and 10 regional records fall on first two days of IPC Athletics Grand Prix

Walid Ktila Tunisia's Walid Ktila © • Getty Images
By IPC

Five world, and 10 regional records were broken on the first two days of competition with double London 2012 Paralympic champion Ktila leading the way.

Tunisia’s world and Paralympic champion wheelchair racer Walid Ktila was in sensational form at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE, over the weekend (22-23 February) smashing the 200m and 800m T34 world records.

Five world, and 10 regional records were broken on the first two days of competition with double London 2012 Paralympic champion Ktila leading the way.

On Sunday, the 28-year-old, who won three world titles in 2013, first broke Australian Rheed McCracken’s two-year-old 800m world record by 1.22 seconds, clocking 1:42.33, before smashing his own 200m world record less than 90 minutes later.

Over the shorter distance Ktila clocked 26.69 to take 0.92 seconds off his previous best set in Lyon, France, at last year’s World Championships. In the same race, Kuwait’s Ahmed Almutairi (30.34) also broke his own T33 world record by 0.05 seconds.

Ktila and Almutairi were not the only athletes in record breaking form over the weekend.

Great Britain’s Maria Lyle (31.01) smashed the 200m T35 world record, beating the previous best set in August 2005 by China’s Ping Liu (32.27), whilst Germany’s Claudia Nicoleitzi – runner-up to Lyle in the 200m – broke the long jump T36 world record.

The 24-year-old 100m T36 world champion leapt 4.09m to add 10cm to her own world record, set in July 2011. In the same event, Japan’s Maya Nikanishi’s leap of 4.95m secured the Asian record beating teammate Mami Sato’s previous best by 0.09m.

Also in the field, and much to the delight of the home crowd, the UAE’s Salem Alkaabi threw 11.98m to set a new club F31 world record.

Staying in the field, Lithuania’s Billius Mindaugas (15.50m) broke the nine-year-old men’s shot put F37 European record by 0.17m, India’s Vikas Dagar (16.22m) set a new Asian record in the men’s shot F43 and Brazil’s Shirlene Coelho threw 28.26m to improve her own women’s discus F37 Americas record set at the 2011 Parapan American Games by 0.62m.

On the track, Uzbekistan’s Fakhriddin Khamraev (4:03.94) broke the 1,500m T13 Asian record with a time of 4:03.94, improving the previous best time set at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics by over seven seconds.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug secured victories in the 800m (1:35.64) and 1,500m T54 (3:00.48) races and the Netherlands’ Kenny van Weeghel completed the 100m (14.27) and 200m (24.50) T54 sprint double.

In a re-run of last year’s 100m T11 World Championships gold medal race, Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina (12.14) again came out on top, finishing well ahead of teammates Jhulia Santos (13.10) in second and Jerusa Santos (13.34) in third.

The IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai continues through to Tuesday (26 February).

This year's Grand Prix series will visit nine countries in four continents with the next event after Dubai taking place in Beijing, China in mid-April. Meetings will then be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Arizona, USA; Nottwil, Switzerland; Grosseto, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Tunis, Tunisia. The series will climax in late August with the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finals in Birmingham, Great Britain.

Hug and Guilhermina to headline first IPC Athletics Grand Prix of 2014

A number of World and Paralympic champions including Brazil’s Terezinha Guilhermina and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug will be amongst the 490 athletes taking part in the first IPC Athletics Grand Prix of the season which starts on Saturday (22 February) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Guilhermina at Lyon 2013 Terezinha Guilhermina won three world titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon 2013 © •
By IPC

In the field, all eyes will be on Germany's Markus Rehm in Tuesday's long jump T42/44 event.

The four-day long 6th Fazaa International Athletics Competition which runs through until Tuesday (26 February) will feature 86 different track and field events and has attracted a strong line-up of athletes from 39 countries.

One of the star names competing will be Brazilian T11 sprinter Terezinha Guilhermina, a winner of three Paralympic and eight world titles.

The world-record holder over 100m, 200m and 400m will not have it her own way, however, and will face stiff competition in Sunday's 100m and Tuesday's 200m races from teammates Jhulia Santos and Jerusa Santos. Jerusa took silver behind Guilhermina in both sprints at last year's World Championships, whilst Jhulia was a bronze medallist in the 100m.

The busiest athlete of the meeting is likely to be Switzerland's Hug who will contest six races in four days covering all distances from the 100m through to 5,000m.

The "Swiss Silver Bullet" is no stranger to demanding programmes having won the 400m, 1,500m, 5,000m, 10,000m and marathon world titles last year and will be looking to post strong time in Dubai ahead of his participation in April's Virgin Money London Marathon.

In the field, all eyes will be on Germany's Markus Rehm in Tuesday's long jump T42/44 event.

The 25-year-old leapt 7.95m last year to destroy the T44 world record and claim the world title and has not ruled out breaking the 8.00m barrier at some point this year. Rehm will also compete in the 100m T44 on Tuesday prior to competing in the long jump.

After throwing a world record 11.50m in the shot put F57 at this meeting last year, Mexico's Paralympic champion Maria de Los Angeles Ortiz Hernandez will be looking for another strong performance in Saturday's competition when she faces her two biggest rivals.

The Mexican threw 11.43m to claim her second successive shot put world title in 2013 and will face her fellow podium finishers from Lyon - Bulgaria's Stela Eneva and Algeria's Nassima Saifi - who won silver and bronze, respectively.

The first Grand Prix of the season will feature a strong contingent of European athletes including a number from Great Britain, Germany, Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Slovakia. All are likely to be competing for the first time season and using the event as preparation for August's IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea, Great Britain.

This year's Grand Prix series will visit nine countries in four continents with the next event after Dubai taking place in Beijing, China in mid-April. Meetings will then be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Arizona, USA; Nottwil, Switzerland; Grosseto, Italy; Berlin, Germany; and Tunis, Tunisia. The series will climax in late August with the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Finals in Birmingham, Great Britain.

2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

22-25 February, Dubai, UAE, 6th Fazza International Athletics Competition - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

14-16 April, Beijing, China, the 2nd China Open Athletics Championships - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

24-26 April, Sao Paulo, Brazil, II Caixa Loterias Athletics Open Championships - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

9-11 May, Arizona, USA, Desert Challenge Games - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

16-18 May, Nottwil, Switzerland, ParAthletics - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

30 May-1 June, Grosseto, Italy, Italian Open Championships 2014 - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

16-18 June, Tunis, Tunisia, 8th Tunis International Meeting - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

20-22 June, Berlin, Germany, Berlin Open - 2014 IPC Athletics Grand Prix

25 August, Birmingham, Great Britain, IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final

50 days to go: Media accreditation opens for powerlifting worlds

Media can register for accreditation online.

Chinese powerlifter Yujiao Tan Chinese powerlifter Yujiao Tan at London 2012 © • Getty
By IPC

“Athletes have already taken the competition to the next level at the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in November, showing incredible form by setting 10 world records across all weight classes."

Media can now apply for accreditation to the 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, which take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 5-11 April, and will feature the biggest number of athletes ever to compete at a World Championships.

Media interested in covering the competition can complete the online form at the events page.

The competition is expected to draw around 400 athletes from nearly 60 countries and is the next stop for athletes on their road to Rio 2016.

IPC Director of Media and Communications, Craig Spence said: “Athletes have already taken the competition to the next level at the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in November, showing incredible form by setting 10 world records across weight classes.

“We expect this to continue in Dubai where there will be plenty of emerging talent on display as well as Paralympic and reigning world champions who are all working towards Rio.”

Highlights from the Asian open in Kuala Lumpur included the demolition of the men’s +107kg seniors record by Iranian Mansour Pourmirzaei who lifted 276kg, beating the previous record of Iraqi Faris Al-Ajeeli by an incredible 36kg.

China’s Yujiao Tan also broke the world record in the women’s -67kg class four times on her way to victory in Malaysia, finishing with a 135kg lift.

National Paralympic Committees are advised that if they wish to bring media to accompany their team, those media representatives must apply for accreditation ahead of arrival at the competition.