The IPC have confirmed the competition calendar for the forthcoming Paralympic cycle ©Getty Images

International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting have announced their competition calendar for the forthcoming Tokyo 2020 Paralympic cycle.

The upcoming season will begin with the inaugural West Asian Para Games, which will take place from February 20 to 23 in Khorfakkan, the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai will then host the first IPC World Cup of the season from February 28 to March 4, with the São Paulo 2017 Youth Parapan American Games taking place later in the month from March 20 to 25.

World Cups are then scheduled to take place in Montreal in Canada and Eger in Hungary in April and May respectively.

The 2017 season will draw to a conclusion with the South-East Asian Para Games from September 17 to 23 in Malaysia's capital Kuala Lumpur, with the World Para Powerlifting Championships then being held from September 29 to October 6 in Mexico City.

The IPC have also been able to confirm the full calendar for the 2018 and 2019 seasons in advance.

“Following a tremendous amount of effort and hard work done behind the scenes, coupled with some great collaboration with our National Paralympic Committees (NPCs), this is the first time that we have been in a position to confirm the competition calendar so many years in advance,” said John Amos, chairperson of the IPC Powerlifting Sport Technical Committee.

“It presents athletes and teams an excellent opportunity to prepare and fine tune their training schedules and plan for qualification pathways much more effectively.

“IPC Powerlifting would like to thank all those NPCs and Federations who have worked with us to this point and contributed to this success by applying to host, and sign off, events.

Mexico City will host next year's Powerlifting World Championships ©Getty Images
Mexico City will host next year's Powerlifting World Championships ©Getty Images

“We are starting to generate a greater geographical spread of competitions, especially across those regions where we have seen huge development and growth in recent years in addition to an increasing number of competitions in places where the sport is still developing.

“We hope that everyone takes the opportunity to compete as well as using the events as a chance to further develop their national programmes.

“At the high performance end, there are plenty of opportunities for powerlifters to increase their rankings for the next Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.”

Dubai will host the 2018 season opening event with a World Cup set to take place between February 1 and 6.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games take place in Australia between April 4 and 15, before around 250 athletes are due to take part in the European Open in in Berck-sur-Mer, France, from May 25 to 30.

Kitakyushu will host the Para Powerlifting Asian Open from September 8 to 12, with Jakarta hosting the Asian Para Games the following month. 

Cartagena in Colombia will stage the Para Powerlifting Americas Open Championships from December 5 to 8.

Dubai and Eger host the opening World Cups of the 2019 season, which will see the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games in Peru as one of the major highlights of the year.

A World Championships will take place at the conclusion of 2019, with a World Cup in Dubai taking place at the start of 2020.