Paris is set to stage next year's IWRF European Championship ©IWRF

France has been awarded the hosting rights for the 2022 Wheelchair Rugby European Championship Division A tournament.

The eight-team event is set to be held in Paris from February 21 to 27.

International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) President Richard Allcroft said organisers hoped to use the competition to promote the 2024 Paralympic Games in the French capital.

"This is a great way to start 2021 by looking ahead at our future competition structure," said Allcroft. 

"In the middle of last year the IWRF restructured its calendar up to and including Paris 2024. 

"This required squeezing four years of competition in to only three years. 

"France has long been a member of the IWRF and have developed their national clubs and featured at the highest level consistently."

Eight teams will battle it out for the European title in the French capital ©Getty Images
Eight teams will battle it out for the European title in the French capital ©Getty Images

Allcroft added: "After speaking with them over the previous few months it was clear that they were passionate and committed about promoting wheelchair rugby in the lead up to the Paralympic Games taking place in Paris in 2024. 

"I would like to congratulate them on their strategic approach and wish them all the best in their preparations."

Kathy Newman, the IWRF's head of competitions, said the attention to detail from the Organising Committee had been "exemplary". 

"France has made a commitment to event hosting and we are excited to continue to work with France," said Newman.

"Each time they host an event they improve on the event delivery.  

"As we move towards the 2024 Paris Paralympics hosting this event will build capacity to ensure an exceptional event."