Dubai will be hosting the 2019 World Paralympics starting 7-15 November leading the way to next years Tokyo 2020. The stage has been set as athletes will compete to secure ‘quota spots’ for their various National Paralympic Committees in the upcoming Tokyo 2020. With a total of 95 men’s, 76 women’s events and one mixed universal 4x100m relay, this event promises to be nothing short of exciting and action packed.
More then 1400 athletes from across 122 countries will be taking part in various track and field events in a bid to secure their spot in the top 4 for their various disciplines. These positions will add to their quota allocation at next years prestigious Tokyo 2020.
After this year’s London Marathon which doubled as the World Championship marathon, the following top 4 winners in the T54 men’s wheelchair marathon , Daniel Romanchuk (USA), Marcel Hug (Switzerland), Tomoki Suzuki (Japan)and Dai Yunqiang (China) , along side winner of the T12 (visual impairment) category, record holder Amin El-Chentouf, will not be able to win further quota allocations for their committees as they already received these spots upon their outstanding performance earlier this year.
Eyes will be on Johannes Floors (Germany), as she is tipped to take gold in the T44 (upper limb impairments category) 100m, 200m , 400m and sprint relays. With her main competition, Jonnie Peacock (UK) not making an appearance in the UAE due to injury, the path to gold seems to be laid clear for Floors if she is able to repeat her spectacular performance at the 2017 Worlds hosted in London.
Another must watch will be he Irishman Jason Smyth, who remains unbeaten in all major finals since his victory at London 2012 and is looking for his fourth consecutive T13 (visual impairment category) 100m world title in Dubai which will lead the way for him to add more gold to his existing five Paralympic golds at the Tokyo 2020.
We can only look forward and watch as all the drama unfolds at the Dubai Club for People of Determination in the UAE between 7-15 November.
Good Luck athletes and to the lucky few that succeed, we can’t wait to see you in Tokyo….