World Para Swimming Allianz Championships
9-15 September


The competition

The rearranged 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships will take place in London, Great Britain, from 9-15 September.

It is a key qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games and will be the ninth edition of the Worlds.

the London Eye and Westminster either side of the River Thames
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It is the second time the event has been staged in Great Britain following Glasgow 2015.

Around 600 swimmers from 60 nations are set to take to the water in London.

The city

The British capital is one of Europe's largest cities, home to around 9 million people.

It is one of the global centres for sport, business and entertainment, with more than 300 languages spoken.

London contains four World Heritage Sites; Tower of London, Kew Gardens, Palace of Westminster and Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

It is also the home of some of the world's most famous landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, London Eye and St Paul's Cathedral.

London hosted one of the most iconic Paralympic Games in history in 2012.

The venue

The pool was originally designed by Zaha Hadid and cost GBP 251 million to construct in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It hosted 17,500 spectators for the swimming, diving and synchronised swimming events at the Olympics as well as the swimming events at the Paralympic Games.

The Aquatics Centre's spectacular wave-like roof is 160m long and is one of the iconic features of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Following the Games, the venue was reduced to 2,500 permanent seats, expandable to 3,500.

The London 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships continues the pool's ever-growing legacy.