In Rio and Glasgow there will be 152 medal events – four more than London 2012 – which will be split between 80 for men, 71 for women and one 4x50m mixed relay, an event that was not included in the London 2012 programme.
In addition to four more events for women, there are seven more events for athletes competing across classes S1-S4 compared to London 2012. Following their successful reintroduction at last year’s Paralympic Games, Glasgow 2015 and Rio 2016 will each feature two new medal events for S14 swimmers with an intellectual impairment – the men’s and women’s 200m individual medley – an event that was part of the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships programme in Montreal, Canada.
Jane Blaine, Chairperson of the IPC Swimming Sport Technical Committee, said: “This is the earliest we have ever announced our swimming programmes for both a World Championships and a Paralympic Games and it is also the first time they are identical. Our aim by doing so is to give athletes, coach and National Paralympic Committees greater preparation and training time.
“Developing both programmes was based on similar principles to London 2012 and involved further input from a working group of National Paralympic Committee representatives and the Sport Technical Committee. We are delighted to add more events for women and athletes with high support needs. The Glasgow and Rio programmes provide a greater balance of events for class and gender than any previous competition.”
In developing the Glasgow and Rio programmes, IPC Swimming analysed the numbers of athletes, regions and countries participating in each event.
Earlier this year, IPC Swimming announced that the 2015 World Championships would take place at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, the same competition pool as will be used for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Swimming is one of 22 sports that will form the Rio 2016 sports programme, which will include the Games debuts of canoe and triathlon.
Rio 2016 and Glasgow 2015 swimming events
* denotes new event not included at London 2012
S1 – 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke*
S2 – 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke* and 50m breaststroke