Sweden Confident to Bring Strong Team to London Paralympics

The Swedish delegation will have a large, youthful delegation in Europe in 2012. By IPC

With three teams and at least nine further athletes already qualified for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Swedish National Paralympic Committee (NPC) is confident to top their results and win more medals than in Beijing in 2008.

Sweden expects to send more athletes to London than to Beijing, when the team counted 63 athletes in total. In addition, the average age of the athletes will be lower, Sweden is already talking about a “golden generation” of promising young athletes.

After not competing at the Athens and the Beijing Paralympics, the Swedish Wheelchair Rugby team made an impressive comeback at this year’s European Championships by winning the title and qualifying for London.

Swedish Team leader Hans Safstrom said: “As I see it, we have more medal chances in London than we had in Beijing.

“The atmosphere in the Swedish team is great and you can feel that there is a strong belief that they will succeed.”

Medals for Swedish athletes are expected in Table Tennis, Swimming and Athletics, where they recently posted some promising results.

The Swedish NPC will make its final team selection by 25 June 2012.