The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships will now take place in at London Aquatics Centre, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from 9th – 15th September, World Para Swimming has announced. The 2019 event was originally to be held in Malaysia.
The Aquatics Centre was the host to the swimming events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will be an opportunity for swimmers and fans to enjoy the venue once again.
The event will be a key qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
IPC President Andrew Parsons said:
“We are delighted to announce London as the host city of the World Para Swimming Championships. I cannot thank the Mayor of London, UK Sport and British Swimming enough for their outstanding efforts stepping in to stage and support this Championships, a key Tokyo 2020 qualifier, at such short notice.
“I have no doubt the whole of the Para swimming community will be appreciative of the efforts they have made to organise this competition. The London Aquatics Centre brings back many fantastic memories of the 2012 Paralympic Games and I am sure athletes will be greatly excited to return to such an iconic venue.
“We appreciate that the dates are not identical to the ones we had originally planned in Malaysia and these new dates will have an impact on the performance programmes of Para swimmers. However, following the cancellation of Malaysia and the opening of a new bidding process it simply was not feasible to organise a new event for the end of July and early August.”
Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations are set to compete in the Championships which is a qualifier to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Channel 4, the UK’s Paralympic broadcaster, intend to show the World Para Swimming Championships live this September.