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Ireland will stage a major Para sport event for the first time ever as Paralympics Ireland, together with its partners Swim Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Sport Ireland, announced Dublin as host city for the 2018 World Para Swimming European Championships, set to take place from 13-19 August.
The event will attract many of the world´s leading Para swimmers, with more than 500 athletes from 40 countries expected to compete. It will be the biggest competition to be held at the National Aquatic Centre in 15 years.
Speaking at the announcement, newly appointed Minister for State at the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport Brendan Griffin said: “The Government is delighted that this event is coming to Dublin, and the National Sports Campus in particular.”
“Ireland has a rich and proud tradition in Para swimming with many medallists down through the years, yet the Irish public have never before had the opportunity to experience a major Para Sport Championships. “
“Many of the current Irish swimmers train daily in this fine facility so to be able to bring such an important event to their home pool is very special, and I’m confident the public will support this event in great numbers.”
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Sir Philip Craven said: “We are greatly excited to be staging this event in Dublin and would like to thank the Organising Committee and all delivery partners for their enthusiasm so far.”
“The Championships will be the largest Para sport event ever to be held in Ireland and I am confident that with multiple Paralympic, world and defending European champions in action, the public will be treated to the very best of what Para swimming has to offer.”