The Para Bobsleigh World Championships will feature alongside next year's IBSF World Championships ©IBSF

The Para Bobsleigh World Championships are to feature alongside next year's International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) World Championships in St Moritz.

The inaugural Para Bobsleigh and Para Skeleton World Championships were held in Park City in 2016, but until now the events has been staged separately to the IBSF World Championships.

A proposal from the IBSF Para Sport Committee and St Moritz-Celerina 2023 Organising Committee for the Para Bob World Championships to be added to the programme for next year's event in Switzerland was approved by the IBSF Executive Committee.

IBSF President Ivo Ferriani, who is a member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board and President of both the Global Associations of International Sports Federation and Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations, claimed that the move was a fitting way to mark the IBSF's centenary year.

"The IBSF Executive Committee unanimously supported the proposal to add the Para Bob World Championship in this year's edition of the IBSF Bob and Skeleton World Championships 2023 while we will celebrate 100 years of history of our Federation," Ferriani said.

"St Moritz being considered as the birthplace of our Federation will provide an excellent platform to showcase all sports in the same place."

IBSF President Ivo Ferriani said St Mortiz 2023
IBSF President Ivo Ferriani said St Mortiz 2023 "will provide an excellent platform to showcase all sports in the same place" ©Getty Images

Para bobsleigh and skeleton are non-Paralympic disciplines.

Bobsleigh was provisionally approved by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympic Games programme in 2016, but missed out after it was deemed to have not met the required criteria regarding worldwide athlete involvement.

The IBSF had hoped that Para bobsleigh could make its Paralympic debut at Milan Cortina 2026, but it again missed out after the IPC ruled that only 10 nations had regularly practiced the sport other the previous four years, two short of the required 12.

Ferriani described this as "an extremely disappointing decision".

The 2023 IBSF World Championships are scheduled for January 23 to February 5, and it is expected that Para bobsleigh events will be held in the second week.