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Mexico City lands hosting rights to IPC Swimming World Championships

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that its 2017 Swimming World Championships will take place in Mexico City, with the event set to run alongside its Powerlifting World Championships.

The Mexican capital was assigned hosting rights to the powerlifting event in May 2015, and it has now been announced that the swimming equivalent will be staged in the same city.

The Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool will stage the swimming competition, while la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium will host the powerlifting showpiece. Both venues are located on the same premises and the IPC hopes the move will lead to a festival of para sport in the city.

“We feel very honoured by the decision to trust the capital of Mexico to organise these two high-level events simultaneously,” Horacio de la Vega Flores, general director of the Sports Institute of Mexico City, which heads the local organising committee, said.

“Both venues were used for the 1968 Olympic Games and will be fully refurbished and updated to meet the standards required for hosting present day world-class events.”

The IPC Swimming World Championships are expected to feature around 550 athletes from more than 60 countries, while the powerlifting event will comprise more than 360 competitors from 65 countries.

Xavier Gonzalez, chief executive of the IPC, added: “Mexico City 2017 will see the return of some of the world’s best Para athletes to Latin America in just the year after the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“The coming months and years are an exciting time for para sport in the Americas and we are confident that this will be a unique event, especially as spectators can enjoy watching some of the world’s best athletes from two sports.”

Glasgow in Scotland staged last year’s IPC Swimming World Championships, while Dubai in the United Arab Emirates hosted the most recent IPC Powerlifting World Championships in 2014.