Five reasons to be interested: Paris Grand Prix

The French capital will stage its first World Para Athletics Grand Prix between 30-31 May. 29 May 2017
Charl du Toit - Rio 2016

Charl du Toit of South Africa celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 400m - T37 final on day 9 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on September 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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1. Paris acts as the seventh of nine Grand Prix taking place around the world this year. This is the first time the Paris meeting, which doubles as the French Open Championships, has been part of the established World Para Athletics Grand Prix circuit.

2. The Grand Prix takes place at the city’s Charléty stadium, the venue which hosted the 1994 and 2002 IAAF Grand Prix Finals as well as the 2013 French national championships. The seventh leg of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League takes place there in July.

3. Around 250 Para athletes from 35 countries are expected to line up in the French capital.

4. The meeting takes place less than 50 days before the London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships with a number of Para athletes still seeking vital qualification marks.

5. Many Rio 2016 Paralympic champions are set to compete - including South Africans Charl du Toit, Hilton Langenhoven and Dyan Buis; Algerians Abdellatif Baka and Asmahane Boudjadar; Malaysians Mohamad Mohamad Puzi and Muhammad Zolkefli; Italy’s Martina Caironi and home favourite Nantenin Keita.

The Paris Grand Prix is the seventh event in the 2017 World Para Athletics series and takes place 30-31 May.