January 12, 2013 / 11:08 PM / in 5 years

Grand prix circuit for disabled athletes planned

LONDON (Reuters) - An international grand prix circuit for elite athletes with disabilities will be launched in April by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), according to a report in The Independent on Sunday.

The newspaper said the IPC’s version of the able-bodied Diamond League will comprise eight meetings at venues around the world with two, including the final, to be held in Britain.

“It’s a massive development,” Sophia Warner, the 2012 Paralympian in her new role as commercial director of UK Athletics, was quoted as saying.

Aled Davies, the Welshman who won discus gold and a shot put bronze in the F42 category at last year’s London Olympics, added: “It’s incredible news. This is just what we need.”

The IPC was not immediately available for comment.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Stephen Wood

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