Tokyo 2020 qualification spots will be available when the Al Ain Shooting Para Sport World Cup is set to begin tomorrow in the United Arab Emirates.
It will be the fourth year in a row the city has held a Para World Cup, with action at the first World Cup of the year due to go ahead at the Al Ain Equestrian, Shooting and Golf Club until February 24.
Events on the programme include the men’s and women’s 10 metre air rifle standing SH1, the men’s and women’s 50m rifle three positions SH1 and the men’s and women’s 10m pistol SH1.
There will also be mixed team events in the 10m air rifle standing SH2 class, 50m rifle prone and 25m pistol SH1.
A full entry list for this year’s event has not been released but, in 2018, 221 athletes from 41 countries took part.
Among those expected to compete this year is London 2012 Paralympic champion Abdullah Sultan Alaryani.
The UAE athlete won three golds at the recent International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games on home soil and will look to triumph again in the mixed 10m air rifle prone SH1, mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 and the men’s 10m air rifle standing SH1.
Great Britain’s Matt Skelhon, a Paralympic gold medallist at Beijing 2008, will also be hoping for a strong performance having broken the R3 10m air rifle prone SH1 world record at last year’s event.