The Junior World Para Powerlifting Championships are set to take place in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan tomorrow, on the eve of the senior event in the same city.
The sole day of competition will be held at the Astana Congress Center, opened two years ago to host the Expo 2017 International Exposition.
A total of 46 powerlifters from 25 nations will be aiming to win one of the 15 gold medals up for grabs.
It is the second time, after the most recent edition in Mexico City in 2017, that the Junior World Championships have taken place as a separate competition a day before senior action gets underway.
Two years ago, Turkey led the medal table with three golds, followed by Egypt and Venezuela, while six junior world records were broken.
Besra Duman will be the Turkish hope in the women’s up to 55 kilograms category after winning the gold medal in the up to 50kg division in Mexico City.
Another powerlifter who will look to top the podium once more is Egyptian Fatma Korany, in the women’s up to 61kg.
She will not have it easy, though, as she faces Mexico's Fátima Castellanos, who claimed the up to 55kg title in 2017.
Also worth keeping an eye on is Brazilian Lucas dos Santos, seeking to defend the men’s up to 49kg title, and Chile's Marion Serrano, who is looking to retain her women’s up to 79kg crown.
Malaysia’s Bonnie Gustin, Italy’s Donato Telesca and Japan’s Yasuharu Matsuzaki are three other defending champions, in the men’s up to 65kg, up to 72kg and over-107kg categories respectively.
Nur-Sultan 2019 will be the eighth edition of the World Championships.
The 2019 World Championships were rebranded in May following the renaming of Kazakhstan's capital Astana to Nur-Sultan.
The capital has been rechristened in honour of the country's first President, Nursultan Abishuly Nazarbayev.
He served from April 24, 1990 until his resignation on March 19 this year.
His replacement, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, proposed Astana be renamed Nur-Sultan.
That was approved by the Kazakh Parliament.