The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak represents an unprecedented situation which has affected the lives of millions of people around the world, including athletes, coaches and National Paralympic Committees’ staff.
The decisions made by different governments to deal with the situation, which sometimes change day by day, have impacted a series of events.
Here below you can find an updated list of World Para Athletics events which have been cancelled or postponed due to this crisis.
Dubai 2020 Grand Prix, United Arab Emirates, 14-17 March – Cancelled
Sao Paulo 2020 Grand Prix, Brazil, 26-28 March – Cancelled
Arizona 2020 Grand Prix, USA, 2-5 April – Postponed (new dates TBC)
Beijing 2020 Grand Prix, China, 24-26 April – Cancelled
London 2020 Marathon World Cup, Great Britain, 26 April – Cancelled
Paris 2020 Grand Prix, France, 6-8 May – Postponed (new dates TBC)
Jesolo 2020 Grand Prix, Italy, 22-24 May – Cancelled
Nottwil 2020 Grand Prix, Switzerland, 28-30 May - Cancelled
World Para Athletics regrets the cancellation of the events but fully supports the decisions taken by Local Organising Committees (LOCs) to place as number one priority the health and well-being of all those involved.
World Para Athletics is in constant communication with the LOCs of the remaining events scheduled for the season - the Tunis Grand Prix and the Bydgoszcz 2020 European Championships - as well with the LOCs of the cancelled and postponed events.
We are fully aware that the cancellation or postponement of events is having an impact on classification and qualification opportunities for Para athletes ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
World Para Athletics is working with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and LOCs to address these issues and seek potential solutions.
In order to keep Para athletes, National Paralympic Committees and other stakeholders informed of the latest situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the IPC has published a weekly update including important information and recommendation.
The latest weekly update can be found here.