World Para Swimming Championships update

10 Oct 2017

British Swimming has made the decision not to attend the rescheduled World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico.

The sport took time to consider all factors before making the decision and as part of the decision making process had to consider the impact of the late World Championships on the 2017 – 18 season.

British Swimming Chief Executive Jack Buckner said: “A World Championships is the biggest meet for the sport outside of Paralympics and we are disappointed to have to make a decision about our attendance.

“We understand that this decision is difficult for the athletes who worked hard to be at their best for the World Championships but the safety and wellbeing of athletes and staff has to be our priority. There are a number of concerns the sport has including the impact on education for the number of athletes we have in full time education and the timeline to be able to be the best prepared for this competition.

“We wish all our athletes and staff all the best with their winter training schedules and preparations for next year.

“For the people of Mexico who have experienced the tragic events of the earthquake, we send our continued sympathies.”