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Madeira to stage 2021 World Para Swimming Championships

Alice Tai of Great Britain celebrates after the Women's 400m Freestyle S8 heats on Day Four of the London 2019 World Para-swimming Allianz Championships (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The World Para Swimming division of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has awarded the 2021 World Para Swimming Championships to the Portuguese region of Madeira.

The 10th edition of the Championships will be held in Portugal for the first time from September 25 to October 1, 2021 at the Penteada Olympic Swimming Complex, located in the centre of Madeira’s capital Funchal.

Built in 2004, the venue hosted the 2016 European Open Championships and will be home to the Euros again in May next year.

Andrew Parsons, president of the IPC, said: “The city and the region have long planned for this event and have set an important example to future hosts by first organising a regional competition before bidding for the Worlds. This is testimony to the development of Para swimming, and Para sports in general, in Portugal.”

Antonio Jose Silva, president of the Portuguese Swimming Federation (FPN), added: “Once again, together with the Regional Government of Madeira, the Municipal Chamber of Funchal and the Madeira Swimming Association, we will organise a major event. This time, a worldwide one. It will be a unique moment in sporting terms and also in terms of representation and inclusion through Para sport in a city and a country.”

Valetta, Malta, hosted the first Para Swimming Worlds back in 1994. The award of the 2021 Championships to Madeira was made during the 2019 event, which drew to a close in London, England yesterday (Sunday).

London was named as the new host of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in April. The event had 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.