World Para Swimming Championships

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The World Para Swimming Championships, known before 30 November 2016 as the IPC Swimming World Championships, are the world championships for swimming where athletes with a disability compete. They are organised by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Previously on a four-year rotation, the championships are now held biennially, a year after the regional championships and year prior to the Paralympic Games.

Paralympic swimming

Paralympic swimming is an adaptation of the sport of swimming for athletes with disabilities. Paralympic swimming is contested not only at the Summer Paralympic Games, but at disabled sports competitions throughout the world. The sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee, hence the name of "Paralympic" swimming.

International Paralympic Committee global governing body for the paralympic movement

The International Paralympic Committee is an international non-profit organisation and the global governing body for the Paralympic Movement. The IPC organizes the Paralympic Games and functions as the international federation for nine sports. Founded on 22 September 1989 in Düsseldorf, Germany, its mission is "To enable Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world". Furthermore, the IPC wants to promote the Paralympic values and to create sport opportunities for all persons with a disability, from beginner to elite level.

Paralympic Games major international sport event for people with disabilities

The Paralympics is a major international multi-sport event involving athletes with a range of disabilities, including impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment and intellectual impairment. There are Winter and Summer Paralympic Games, which since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea, are held almost immediately following the respective Olympic Games. All Paralympic Games are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

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On 30 November 2016, the IPC (which serves as the international federation for 10 disability sports, including swimming) adopted the "World Para" brand for all 10 sports. The world championship events in all of these sports were rebranded as "World Para" championships. [1]

History

World Para Swimming Championships (Long Course)

The first World Para Swimming Championships were held from 2 December until 7 December, 2017, in Mexico City; the first IPC Swimming Championships (the former title of the championships) were held from 14 July until 26 July, 1990, in Assen, one year after the IPC was founded. [2]

Mexico City Capital in Mexico

Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. Mexico City is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus in the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft). The city has 16 boroughs.

Assen City and Municipality in Drenthe, Netherlands

Assen is a municipality and a city in the northeastern Netherlands, and is the capital of the province of Drenthe. It received city rights in 1809. Assen is known for TT Circuit Assen, the motorcycle racing circuit, where on the last Sunday in June the Dutch TT is run; and also for the annual Assen Dance Festival.

NumberYearVenueDatesBest Nation
1 1990 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Assen 14 Jul 26 Julunknown
2 1994 Flag of Malta.svg Valletta unknownunknown
3 1998 Flag of New Zealand.svg Christchurch 7 Oct 17 OctFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
4 2002 Flag of Argentina.svg Mar del Plata 3 Dec 12 DecFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain
5 2006 Flag of South Africa.svg Durban 2 Dec 8 DecFlag of the United States.svg  United States
6 2010 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Eindhoven 15 Aug 21 AugFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
7 2013 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Montreal 11 Aug 17 AugFlag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
8 2015 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Glasgow 13 Jul 19 JulFlag of Russia.svg  Russia
9 2017 Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico City 2 Dec 7 DecFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China
10 2019 TBA

World Para Swimming Championships (Short Course)

The first (and only, as of 2018) short course world championships were held in December 2009, in Rio de Janeiro.

In swimming, the term short course is used to identify a pool that is 25 metres (27.34 yd) in length. The term is also often included in meet names when conducted in a short course pool. "Short course" is the second type of pool configuration currently recognized by FINA and other swimming bodies for pool competition; the other/primary pool length being "long course", where the pool is 50 meters in length. Olympic and the World Aquatics Championships are conducted in a long course pool.

Rio de Janeiro Second-most populous municipality in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

NumberYearVenueDatesBest Nation
1 2009 Flag of Brazil.svg Rio de Janeiro 29 Nov 5 DecFlag of Russia.svg  RUS

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References

  1. "The IPC to rebrand the 10 sports it acts as International Federation for" (Press release). International Paralympic Committee. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. International Paralympic Committee. "Paralympics: History of the Movement", Official Website of the Paralympic Movement.