London awarded World Para Swimming Championships moved from Malaysia
The International Paralympic Committee has awarded London the hosting rights to the rearranged 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.
The biennial championships will take place at the London Aquatics Centre from 9 to 15 September. The venue previously staged swimming and diving events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Kuching in Malaysia had been due to host the World Para Swimming Championships in late July and early August, but the country was stripped of the hosting rights by the IPC this January after failing to provide the necessary guarantees that Israeli athletes would be allowed to compete, and to do so free of discrimination.
Earlier that month, the Malaysian government had imposed a blanket ban on Israeli athletes competing in international sports events hosted in the country, citing concerns over Israel's treatment of Palestinians.
IPC president Andrew Parsons today praised the new host, saying: "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.”
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, added: “I’m delighted London will host yet another world-class sporting event and that we will once again be able to show our support for the Para sport movement. Sport should be inclusive and all athletes should be able to take part in these championships.”
The championships, involving around 600 swimmers from 60 nations, are expected to be televised live in the UK by Channel 4, the free-to-air commercial broadcaster.
It will be the second time they take place in the country, after the 2015 event in Glasgow.