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The meeting of Paralympic Giants

Carioca Arena 1 is being prepared to host the big beasts of the Paralympic world, with places at the Rio 2016 Games at stake. The newly-opened venue in Barra Olympic Park will host the powerlifing test event between 21-23 January.

The Rio stage of the 2016 IPC Powerlifting Word Cup will feature about 60 athletes from 20 countries. Along with the other two stages of the World Cup (in Dubai and Kuala Lumpur, both in February) the Rio event will offer competitors the chance to record qualification standard lifts and put themelves in line to compete at the Paralympic Games. According to the IPC qualification criteria, the top-eight ranked men and the top-six women in each weight category on 29 February 2016 will book their spots at the Rio 2016 Games.

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