IPC Powerlifting announces new host city for Americas Open Championships

IPC Powerlifting announced on Wednesday (19 November) that Mexico City will stage the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Americas Open Championships between 26-29 April, replacing the original host city of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer, said "The decision to stage the Championships in Mexico City was taken in response to discussions with the Mexican Paralympic Committee, who felt that they could resource and organise the competition more effectively there.

"They believe that they can secure more support from government to develop a dedicated Local Organising Committee and there has also been an increased interest from sponsors and broadcasters.

"In the year before the first Paralympic Games takes place in South America at Rio 2016, as well as ahead of August's 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada, it is vital that we support National Paralympic Committees in the Americas with their endeavours to organise the best competitions possible."

Mexico City 2015 will be open to all countries to ensure athletes have as many opportunities as possible to qualify for Rio 2016.

In addition, a trial change to the number of athletes countries can enter will mean that National Paralympic Committees can submit a maximum of 15 male and 15 female lifters spread across the 10 weight categories in both junior and senior competitions. However, there still must not be more than two competitors from any particular country in a single event.

In September 2014, IPC Powerlifting announced two other regional competitions in Asia and Europe for 2015.

The 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 26-30 July, for what will be the first IPC Powerlifting competition in the country, whilst the European Championships will be staged in Eger, Hungary, between 24-28 November.