The 2017 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) European Judo Championships will be held in English town Walsall, it has been announced today.
Competition is scheduled to take place at the University of Wolverhampton Sports Complex from August 3 to 6.
It will be followed by a three-day training camp, giving Europe's best visually impaired judoka the opportunity to train alongside some of Britain's top-sighted judoka at the British Judo Centre of Excellence.
The European Championships are considered one of the highlights of the IBSA judo calendar for 2017, with a number of Paralympians, including Rio 2016 medallists, expected to compete.
They will also provide the first opportunity for Britain's visually impaired judoka to pick up world ranking points in the Tokyo 2020 cycle.
Chris Skelley, who came fifth in the men's 100 kilograms category at Rio 2016, is looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd.
"It’s brilliant that we’ll have the chance to fight in front of a home crowd at a major international event this year," he said.
"Fighting in Rio last year, we all saw how important home support was for the Brazilian players and I think it’ll make a big difference fighting in Great Britain at the Europeans.
"It’s also really good for our family and friends to have a major Championship on home soil as they don’t get many opportunities to see us compete at an international level so that will be a nice change.
"We’ve got five months to prepare now and I honestly cannot wait.
"I think it’ll be a great event and a really important stepping stone on the road to Tokyo."
Britain last hosted the IBSA European Judo Championships in 2011 in Crawley, while Walsall staged the 2016 Visually Impaired Judo Grand Prix in June.
Ian Johns, British Judo's Paralympic head coach, says he is looking forward to preparing his athletes for another major Championship.
"I can't wait," he said.
"As a sport, I think it’s great that IBSA have shown so much faith in us and after hosting the Grand Prix last year, I know they were very keen on us hosting one of their events in 2017.
"From a coaching perspective it’s really good to have a major Championship for our athletes to build towards this year and the fact that it’s on home soil makes it even better.
"We're aiming to put in a really strong performance in front of a home crowd and lay down a marker for the Tokyo cycle."
British Judo performance director Nigel Donohue added: "We're looking forward to hosting the 2017 IBSA European Judo Championships this summer.
"It’ll be a great opportunity for our judoka to compete in front of a home crowd and we're sure they’ll put on a good show for the British supporters.
"I'd like to thank the University of Wolverhampton for their support in hosting the Championships this summer and British Blind Sport for supporting our bid.
"I’d also like to thank IBSA for giving us this opportunity and the British Paralympic Association for their continued support."
Portuguese city Odivelas staged the last edition of the Championships, held in 2015.
More than 100 of Europe's best visually impaired judoka, representing 20 countries, competed in what was hailed as one of the most successful tournaments to date.