The event will take place at the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark, venue for IPC Athletics Grand Prix events since 2013

The 2018 European Para Athletics Championships will be staged by Berlin in Germany, IPC Athletics has announced.

The event, which will take place from August 20-26 at the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark, is set to attract more than 600 athletes from 40 countries, according to the sport’s global governing body.

The Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark has been the venue for an annual IPC Athletics Grand Prix meeting since 2013.

“We are very excited that the 2018 European Para Athletics Championships will be staged in the German capital, a city with an excellent track record for staging major athletics events,” said IPC’s director of summer sports, Ryan Montgomery.

“The Championships will take place with roughly two years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and will be one of the biggest para athletics events of the year. As a result, I’m expecting some extremely strong competition with Paralympic champions from this September’s Rio Games locking horns with world champions from next year’s event in London.”

The Championships will be organised by IPC Athletics, the National Paralympic Committee (NPC) of Germany and Behinderten-und Rehabilitations-Sportband Berlin.

Montgomery added: “This venue has successfully staged Grand Prix events for the last four years and has a reputation for delivering fast times and long distances. We have seen a number of world and regional records broken in Berlin over the last few years, and I expect to see many more in 2018 as the performance level of para athletes continues to increase.

“We look forward to working with NPC of Germany and the Behinderten-und Rehabilitations-Sportband Berlin to deliver a hugely successful event.”

The latest edition of the European Para Athletics Championships took place in June in Grosseto, Italy. First held in Assen, the Netherlands, in 2003, the European Championships have taken place every two years since 2012. Four years ago, Stadskanaal, the Netherlands, played host before the event moved to Swansea, Great Britain in 2014. The 2018 Championships in Berlin will be the sixth edition.