By Zjan Shirinian

Guadalajara, Almaty and Eger will each host a major powerlifting competition next year ©Getty ImagesThe host cities for three major regional powerlifting Championships next year have been named.

Mexican city Guadalajara will stage the first ever Americas Open Championships from April 25 to 29, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting has announced.

It will act as a qualifying event for August's Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

From July 26 to 30, Kazakhstan's largest city and 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic bid city Almaty will stage the Asian Open Championships.

It will be the first IPC Powerlfiitng competition to be held in the country, and will end just a day before Almaty finds out if it has won the race to stage the 2022 Winter Games.

Finally, Eger in Hungary will host the European Championships from November 24 to 28.

All three competitions will be open to all countries to ensure athletes have plenty of chances to qualify for Rio 2016. 

As part of a trial change to the regulations, each National Paralympic Committee will be able to submit a maximum of 15 male and 15 female lifters spread across the 10 weight categories in both junior and senior competitions.

But there cannot be more than two competitors from the same country in a single event.

IPC Powerlifting sport manager Jorge Moreno said: "After such a successful World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in April, we are delighted to be holding these events in the year before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

"The best athletes in the world will be looking to put in top performances and test themselves once again against their closest competition.

"We also hope that countries will bring through new talent via the trial increases in athlete numbers."