What to watch: May 201402.05.2014
Top events will take place this month in boccia, wheelchair fencing, shooting, cycling and athletics.
The second event of the 2014 IPC Shooting World Cup will be held from 6-11 May in Szczecin, Poland, drawing 156 athletes from 27 countries.
From 1-4 May, 76 of the world’s best boccia players will gather in Montreal, Canada, for the first major international tournament of the year. Keep your eyes on the BC2 competition, which could be a three-horse race between, Brazil’s Maciel Santos, Great Britain’s Nigel Murray and Slovakia’s Robert Mezik.
The second stop of the Grand Prix will be in Montreal, Canada, from 2-5 May and the World Cup event will then be held from 25-25 May in Lonato del Garda, Italy. Both are expected to draw some of the best athletes in the sport, including Poland’s Dariusz Pender in Montreal and potentially Beatrice Vio in Lonato del Garda.
The second event of the 2014 IPC Shooting World Cup will be held from 6-11 May in Szczecin, Poland, drawing 156 athletes from 27 countries. Among them will be Paralympic champion Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’s Olivera Nakovska-Bikova and Russia’s Paralympic silver medallist Valery Ponomarenko.
UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup
The first major para-cycling road event of 2014 will take place from 9-11 May in Castiglione Della Pescaia, Italy. It is the first of two World Cup events ahead of August’s World Championships.
One of the summer’s headline para-sport events will make three stops this month in Arizona, USA from 9-11 May, in Nottwil, Switzerland from 16-18 May and in Grosseto, Italy, from 30 May - 1 June.
Arizona will feature top American amputee sprinters such as Blake Leeper, David Prince and Jerome Singleton, while wheelchair racers Marcel Hug and David Weir will go head-to-head in the T54 class in Nottwil over several distances.
The month’s final event in Grosseto is expected to be headlined by Paralympic champion and two-time world champion Martina Caironi.
From 26 May-1 June the final stage of the ITF's flagship wheelchair tennis team event will be held in Alphen, Netherlands, at the Nieuwe Sloot Tennis Centrein Alphenfrom. A total of 105 teams from 48 countries having taken part in four regional qualifying events to determine the four men's and four women's teams that will join the direct entries in the final stage.