Brazil's Mariana D'Andrea is one of 18 Paralympic champions set to compete at the World Para Powerlifting Championships in Tbilisi ©Getty Images

The 2021 World Para Powerlifting Championships is set to be the first step towards the 2024 Paralympics in Paris, with participation at the competition mandatory to be in with a chance of participating at the Games.

Scheduled to start tomorrow at the Hualing Ballroom, the final individual day of the Championships is set for December 5.

It was recently moved from the Black Sea resort city of Batumi to Tbilisi with the Organising Committee deciding the event would benefit from the Georgian capital's superior transport links, allowing more athletes to compete.

It is to be the first European host of the Championships since 1994, when Uppsala in Sweden was the venue.

Eger in Hungary was the initial host of the 2021 Championships, but Georgia stepped in as a replacement, needed due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tbilisi staged a World Para Powerlifting World Cup for the first time in May, with 25 nations participating.

Mariana D'Andrea was Brazil's only Paralympic champion in powerlifting at Tokyo 2020 and she is to return in the women's under-73 kilogram category in Tbilisi alongside another 17 gold medallists.

Mexico's Amalia Pérez is aiming for gold in the women's under-61kg ©Getty Images
Mexico's Amalia Pérez is aiming for gold in the women's under-61kg ©Getty Images

Others on the entry list including Nigeria's Folashade Oluwafemiayo in the women's under-86kg, Mexico's Amalia Pérez in the women's under-61kg, Kazakhstan's David Degtyarev in the men's under-54kg and Jordan's Omar Qarada in the men's under-49kg, who all claimed gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Approximately 475 powerlifters from 72 countries are ready to compete in Georgia, a 16 per cent growth on the number from Nur-Sultan in 2019.

The Junior World Championships are scheduled to take place tomorrow, followed by the start of senior competition on Sunday (November 28).

The mixed team event succeeds the individual competition, due to conclude the Championships on December 6.

Powerlifters must compete at the 2021 World Championships and 2022 regional Championships to have an opportunity at qualifying for Paris 2024, as well as the 2023 World Championships and two World Para Powerlifting World Cups in 2024, prior to July 1 of that year.