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Grand prix circuit for disabled athletes planned: Report

Toronto’s Brent Lakatos receives the Silver Medal in the Men's 200m T53 final at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the Olympic Stadium on September 7, 2012.

Phillip MacCallum

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.

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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.

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