A total of 800 athletes and team officials have been registered by their National Paralympic Committees (NPC) to take part in next July’s International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming European Championships in Berlin, Germany, making it the biggest ever in IPC Swimming history.
By the deadline for entries 38 countries had submitted their numbers on how many swimmers and team officials they will send to Berlin with Romania, Bulgaria and Latvia all set to compete again after missing the last European Championships.
Agnes Szilak, IPC Swimming Sport Manager, said: “We are very excited about the number of athletes and officials entered for the European Championships next year.
“It proves the importance of this event as it is one of the last big international gatherings of swimmers before the London 2012 Paralympics.
“We are especially happy to welcome Romania, Bulgaria and Latvia back onto the scene as well for what should be really superb and high quality event in Berlin.”
The next important deadline for NPCs is on 22 April when they have to enter the number of swimmers for each event. The final entry by name deadline is on 19 May 2011.
The 2011 IPC Swimming European Championships will take place in Europasportpark, Berlin for the indoor events and on the Regatta Course Gruenau for the Open Water event from 3-10 July 2011.