2019 World Para Swimming Championships

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2019 World Para Swimming Championships
Date(s)9 - 15 September
Venue(s)London Aquatics Centre

The 2019 World Para Swimming Championships is the 2019 edition of the World Para Swimming Championships run by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). The championships are being held from February to June in seven countries across five continents and will serve as a qualifying event for Paralympic swimming at the 2020 Summer Paralympics.

In 2017, the IPC announced that the event would be hosted in Kuching, Malaysia. However, on 27 January 2019, Malaysia were stripped of their hosting rights because their government refused to allow Israeli athletes into the country to compete.

On 15 April 2019, London, United Kingdom was announced as the new host for the championships, now rescheduled to take place from 9 - 15 September. [1]

Host selection[edit]

In September 2017, World Para Swimming (formerly IPC Swimming[2]) granted hosting rights to Kuching, Malaysia,[3][4] who prevailed over a bid from Great Britain.[5] The award was made with the understanding that they would permit all qualified athletes to compete.[6] In 2019, as part of a solidarity move with the Palestinian National Authority, Malaysia announced that they would ban Israeli athletes from entering the event in a move that was supported by 29 Malaysian non-governmental organizations.[7] The Malaysian Paralympic Council said they were following a Malaysian government policy to bar Israelis from competition as Malaysia bans Israeli passport holders from entering the country.[8] After a meeting held in London, the IPC decreed that this was a politically motivated exclusion and stripped Malaysia of their hosting rights.[9] This came after an Israel Foreign Affairs Ministry statement saying the ban of Israeli athletes was "shameful and totally opposes the Olympic spirit".[9] Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad stood by the decision, calling Israel "a country which does not obey international laws" and said "I don't understand because the world has the power but still has to listen to Israel."[10]

The IPC requested bids as stand-in hosts by 11 February.[6]

Participating nations[edit]

As of August 2019.


The series is being held at venues in seven countries. Events commenced on 15 February in Melbourne, Australia. Further events are scheduled to be held in April in Indianapolis, São Paulo and Glasgow, in May in Singapore, in May and June in Lignano Sabbiadoro, and to finish in Berlin on 9 June.[22][23]

The championships will serve as one of the qualifying events for swimming at the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan.[24]


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