What to watch: October 2013

October will be highlighted by the Youth Parapans and Asian Youth Para-Games, in addition to major IPC Shooting and IWRF Wheelchair Rugby events. 02 Oct 2013
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Jonas Jacobsson of Sweden competes in the Mixed R6-50m Free Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification Shooting competition at the 2008 Paralympic Games

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The IPC Shooting European Championships will draw more athletes than the shooting competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Youth Parapan American Games (13-20 October in Buenos Aires, Argentina): Nearly 700 athletes from 17 different countries will take part in 10 different para-sports. Participants will range from age 14 to 21, and the competition will serve as a major event at the grassroots level in the Americas region to build potential future para-sport stars.

ITTF Para-Table Tennis Asian Regional Championships (16-23 October in Beijing, China): Some top Paralympic stars will be in action at the tables, particularly world No. 1 players from China and South Korea, as they battle for supremacy in the world rankings in Beijing.

IWRF Wheelchair Rugby Americas Championships (14-20 October in Alabama, USA): The best of the Americas region will take to the court to try to qualify for next year’s World Championships. Look out for the USA’s Chuck Aoki and Canada’s Zak Madell to star for their respective teams – both being on the IPC’s Ones to Watch list for the road to Rio 2016.

IPC Ice Sledge Hockey Qualification Tournament (20-26 October in Torino, Italy): Six teams will vie for the final three Sochi 2014 spots: Italy, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Japan and Great Britain. The tournament will take place in a round-robin format.

IPC Shooting European Championships (20-25 October in Alicante, Spain): In the biggest competition ahead of next year’s World Championships, 21 London 2012 Paralympic medallists will be among the more than 170 athletes from 30 countries competing in Alicante.

Asian Youth Para-Games (26-30 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia): Similar to the Youth Parapans, this event will serve as a way to build future para-stars in its region. The Games are expected to draw more than 2,000 athletes from 41 Asian nations, with nine more sports being contested than the last edition of the event – for a total of 14 – which took place in Tokyo in 2009.

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