The UK capital of London has been named as the new host of the 2019 World Para-Swimming Championships.
The event has been without a host since January, when World Para-Swimming stripped Kuching, Malaysia of its hosting rights over the country’s refusal to grant visas to Israeli athletes. The city, on the island of Borneo, would have been the first-ever Asian host of the World Para Swimming Championships.
The 2019 event was originally scheduled to begin on 29 July but will now be pushed back, taking place in London’s Aquatics Centre, built for the 2012 Olympic Games, between 9 and 15 September. It will mark the second occasion on which the Championships have been held in the UK, after Glasgow staged the 2015 edition.
“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,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said. “Sport should be inclusive and all athletes should be able to take part in these championships.”
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