The 2013 International Paralympic Committeee (IPC) Athletics World Championships will be hosted by France and organised through the French Handisport Federation, in collaboration with the Rhône-Alpes Athletics League, the Rhône-Alpes Handisport League and the participation of the Rhône-Alpes League for adapted sports. It follows the incredibly successful London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be the biggest gathering of international athletes since the Games took place.
1,300 athletes and more than 700 official representatives and staff members coming from 90 countries are expected at the “Stade du Rhône” located at the centre of the “Parc de Parilly” (Bron- Vénissieux) for a 9-day competition, which will see 214 gold medals won.
The event is organised by the IPC and by the French Paralympic and Sport Committee. It is funded by the state through the Ministry of Sport,Youth, Popular Education and Community Life, the CNDS, the Rhône-Alpes Regional Council, the Rhône General Council and the city of Lyon.
Lyon 2013 follows the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships which were held In Christchurch, New Zealand and is the first step on the road to the next Paralympic Games in Rio 2016. After the success of the athletics world championships in Lille, 2002, Lyon will be the second largest international para-athletics competition in France after the Paralympic Games.
The event will be a unique opportunity to raise the general public’s awareness of para-sport regionally, in France and around the world. Beyond the World Village and the activities planned during the competition, several events will take place with children and young people from the local area.
The organisation of the event is undertaken by a specially created team (the Local Organising Committeee – LOC) made up of the French Handisport Federation, its regional league, the Rhône-Alpes Athletics League and the Rhône-Alpes League for Adapted Sport.
Access to ceremonies and competitions will be free for the public.
Friday, July 19th
Saturday, July 20th
Sunday, July 28th
Opening ceremony at the « Stade du Rhône »
Beginning of the competitions at the « Stade du Rhône »