Mexico City 2017: 10 things you need to know22.06.2017
World Para Swimming and Para Powerlifting Championships will kick off in exactly 100 days.
There are 100 days to go until the world's greatest para swimmers and powerlifters meet in Mexico City. Here's what you need to know about one of 2017's biggest sporting events.
1. For the first time ever, two of the biggest Para sport competitions will be held together.
2. The World Para Swimming Championships and World Para Powerlifting Championships will make up the 2017 Para Sport Festival.
3. Mexico City will stage a World Championships of any of these two sports for the first time, with the competition taking place from 30 September-6 October.
4. Around 550 swimmers from more than 60 countries are expected to compete at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool.
5. More than 360 powerlifters from 65 countries will gather in the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium.
6. Both of the venues used for the 2017 Para Sport Festival were built for the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games.
7. Mexico City is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world and the second most populous city in the Americas behind Sao Paulo, Brazil, with around 9 million people living.
8. The legendary Teotihuacan Pyramids, built around 100BC, are only 40km away from Mexico City and are a must-see touristic attraction.
9. It will be the seventh edition of the World Para Powerlifting Championships and the first to be held in the Americas. Uppsala, Sweden, hosted the first in 1994, followed by Dubai 1998, Kuala Lumpur 2002, Busan 2006, Kuala Lumpur 2010 and Dubai 2014.
10. It will be the eighth edition of the World Para Swimming Championships and the third to be held in the Americas after Mar del Plata 2003 and Montreal 2013. Valletta, Malta, staged the inaugural edition in 1994, whilst Glasgow, Great Britain, hosted the last in 2015.