The World Para Powerlifting Championships are due to take place in Georgia after being moved from Hungary ©Getty Images

This year's World Para Powerlifting World Championships have been moved from Eger in Hungary to Batumi in Georgia because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Para Powerlifting said it had withdrawn the hosting rights from Hungary following an agreement with the Organising Committee and the country's National Paralympic Committee (NPC).

Eger had been due to stage the postponed event from December 1 to 9.

The competition has been rescheduled for November 27 to December 5 following the decision to move it to Georgia, which hosted a Para Powerlifting World Cup for the first time last month.

Batumi also held the European Weightlifting Championships in 2019.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has posed a series of challenges to the world that also affected the Para sport movement," said World Para Powerlifting head Jorge Moreno.

"Due to the postponement of the Paralympic Games, we had to change the previously announced Para powerlifting programme and find a new date for the World Championships initially scheduled for mid-2021. 

"In recent months, more unexpected obstacles forced us to find a new host for this year’s World Championships, in agreement with NPC Hungary.

"The competition marks the beginning of the new cycle towards the Paris 2024 Paralympics and we cannot thank NPC Georgia enough for stepping in to stage this Championships. 

"I am sure our sport community will be very supportive of the efforts necessary to organise the World Championships in such short notice.

"We are also appreciative of the work of NPC Hungary to develop our sport and of their partnership in recent years. 

"We look forward to cooperating with Eger again in the future as the city has a long tradition in hosting Para powerlifting events."

Batumi 2021 will be the first World Para Powerlifting World Championships to take place in Europe since the inaugural edition in Uppsala in Sweden in 1994.

Senior and junior competitions are due to be held during the event.