The World Para Athletics Championships, which were meant to take place this summer in Kobe, Japan, have been postponed until 2024 due to Covid -19 pandemic.
Para Athletics Championships were to be held from August 26 – September 4. The championships were already pushed back until 2022 from 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but after a request by the Kobe Local Organising Committee (LOC) that date will be moved again.
“Both World Para Athletics and the LOC have reached an understanding that the competition will not take place in 2022,” said World Para Athletics.
“Both parties are working closely to assess the feasibility of a postponement to 2024 in order to retain the World Championships within the Paris 2024 cycle.”
That means that the next scheduled championships will take place in Paris next year, with Kobe then taking the reins in 2024, the same year France host the Paralympics.
It would have been the first time that the competition had been staged in East Asia. Dubai in the United Arab Emirates hosted the most recent World Championships in November 2019.
Paris is set to hold the biennial event in 2023, one year before it stages the Paralympic Games.
That would see France become the first nation to hold the event on three occasions after Lille 2002 and Lyon 2013.
Britain is the only other country to have held the World Championships twice – at Birmingham 1998 and London 2017.
It remains to be seen whether the International Paralympic Committee stick to that format because if they do it would mean that the World Para Athletics Championships would take place in 2023, 2024 and 2025.