World Para Athletics Grand Prix 2019
Petrucio Ferreira celebrated yet another world record at the 2018 Berlin Grand Prix © • Ralf Kuckuck
The World Para Athletics Grand Prix series enters its seventh year in 2019 with nine events scheduled to take place around the world between February and August, ahead of the World Para Athletics Championships in November.
Dubai, UAE – 24-27 February 2019
The season kicks off in Dubai in the same stadium that will host the World Championships just over eight months later. It’s the third consecutive year that the Fazza International Championships will open the Grand Prix season.
Sao Paulo, Brazil – 25-27 April 2019 [tbc]
Brazil has been an ever-present on the Grand Prix calendar, with Sao Paulo having hosted five of the six events since 2013. This will be the third year that the state-of-the-art Paralympic Training Centre has staged the Grand Prix – which is the seventh edition of the Loterias Caixa Championships.
Beijing, China – 10-12 May 2019
The seventh China Open will again take place at one of the training venues used for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Many of the stars who helped China to the top of the 2018 Asian Para Games medal table are likely to compete on home soil.
Arizona, USA – 24-25 May 2019
Arizona State University hosts the 2019 Desert Challenge Games. US wheelchair racer Daniel Romanchuk smashed the men’s 800m T54 world record there in 2018 and the 20-year-old will certainly be one to watch in 2019.
Nottwil, Switzerland – 24-26 May 2019
There will be competition on both sides of the Atlantic in the final weekend of May, with the fastest track in wheelchair racing playing host to the ParAthletics Grand Prix. Fourteen world records have been broken at the Nottwil Grand Prix, which continually attracts many of the best racers in the world.
You can find the event website here.
Grosseto, Italy – 8-9 June 2019
The Italian city returns to the Grand Prix calendar for the first time since 2016 – the same year the Carlo Zecchini Olympic stadium hosted the European Championships. The newly-renovated track can hold more than 10,000 spectators.
Tunis, Tunisia – 28-30 June 2019
Africa’s only Grand Prix of 2019 returns to Tunis, with the country’s top athletes likely to dominate the event. It is the 13th time the Tunis International Meeting has been held, with its warm climate and location attracting athletes from across the region.
Bydgoszcz, Poland - 19-21 July 2019
The East European country, well-known for hosting major athletics events, was added to the roster after organisers in Berlin, Germany, withdrew from the 2019 Grand Prix series due to the proposed refurbishment of their stadium.
The venue in Poland, the Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium, has played host to numerous major international athletics events including the 2017 European Athletics U23 Championships and the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships.
Paris, France – 29-30 August 2019
Paris will stage the season-ender for the first time in its third year as a Grand Prix host. The home of the 2024 Paralympic Games is no stranger to top quality sports competition, with several world records set in both track and field at the 2018 edition.