World Para Swimming European Open Championships Set For May 2021

Elwanda Tulloch

The Madeira 2020 World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Portugal have been rescheduled to 16-22 May 2021.

The European Championships were initially meant to take place from 17-23 May this year but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, World Para Swimming announced the 2020 season would be put on hold until September to monitor the situation.

On Tuesday they – alongside the Madeira local organising committee – announced the rescheduled dates with the event serving for some as preparation for the Paralympic Games which will take place in Tokyo from 24 August-5 September.

As an Open event, athletes from all continents will be able to compete with around 500 swimmers from more than 50 countries expected at the Penteada Swimming Complex, in Madeira’s capital Funchal.

This will be the second time the Portuguese island hosts the Euros following the 2016 edition.

Madeira 2020 will be jointly

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Dutch 2019 World Para Swimming Championships team honoured

Elwanda Tulloch

The Netherlands’ team for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships have this month received the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB) Performance Prize for 2019.

The prize – one of a series of awards given out by the KNZB – was handed to the team by KNZB President Marius van Zeijts.

In total, the Dutch team won 21 medals – eight of them gold – at the World Championships in London to earn the KNZB recognition.

Liesette Bruinsma led the way, winning three golds and two silvers.

The Netherlands did not send a team to the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships.

The award is a team prize, and several members of the Dutch squad have also announced their retirement from the sport.

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World Para Swimming European Open Championships postponed until 2021

Elwanda Tulloch

This year’s World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira have been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers have announced the event, which had been due to take place from May 17 to 23, will now be held from May 16 to 22 in 2021.

“We are extremely happy to be able to share this news with our sport community and our fans,” said World Para Swimming manager Georgios Antoniou.

“We understand that these have been difficult months due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, but we have been in continuous contact with the local Organising Committee and the Madeira authorities to be able to find new dates for the competition.

“The European Open Championships is the last major event before the Tokyo Paralympic Games and we believe the move is the best option to allow athletes and teams to better plan their activities ahead of

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