Dates of the 2017 World Para Swimming and Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City have been announced by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today.
Competition is scheduled to be held from September 29 and October 7.
The IPC has stated that around 900 athletes from 65 countries are expected to attend the two Championships, which are being hosted simultaneously in the Mexican capital.
The dates were revealed during the first official site visit by the IPC for the events, with the organisation claiming that the nine days of action will be a festival of Para-sport.
“In just over one year’s time we will have the chance to see the world’s best athletes, riding high in the year after the Paralympic Games, go for coveted world titles,” said Ryan Montgomery, IPC summer sports director.
“Mexico City 2017 will combine one of the most popular Para sports, swimming, and one of the fastest growing, powerlifting, for the crowning of world champions in 172 medal events across the two sports.
“The action in the pool and on the bench will no doubt be helped by a fantastic atmosphere, and we are excited by the prospect of a truly unique Championships.”
The Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool is one of the venues being visited by the delegation during the visit, as well as the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium, where 20 powerlifting medal events will take place.
Both of the venues, which were used at the Mexico City 1968 Olympic Games, are currently being upgraded ahead of the Championships.
As both the pool and gymnasium are located within the same building, organisers have claimed it will allow fans and media to travel easily between the two Championships, which will give them the opportunity to experience both events.
Discussions are also being held over plans for accommodation, catering, sports presentation, broadcast and media, marketing, anti-doping, volunteering and transport.
Representatives of Mexico’s National Sports Commission and the National Paralympic Committee are part of the delegation which is assessing the venues.
"The capital of sports does not want to stay behind in hosting high level Para sport events,” said Horacio de la Vega Flores, general director of the Sports Institute of Mexico City.
“It will be a great experience and it’s with great excitement that next year we will receive around 900 swimmers and powerlifters from more than 60 countries.”