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Mexico 2017 events rescheduled for November

Mexico 2017 events rescheduled for November
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The Para Swimming and Powerlifting World Championships have been rescheduled to take place from 27 November following their postponement in the wake of the devastating earthquake in Mexico City last month.

The International Paralympic Committee postponed the events on 20 September, just 10 days before the event was meant to start, after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed more than 350 people.

The disaster caused major damage in one of the most densely populated cities in the world, but with recovery and rebuilding work taking place the IPC said it was keen to support Mexico.

“After extensive dialogue, it is clear that both the Local Organising Committee and City Mexico are eager and very passionate about rescheduling the 2017 Para Sport Festival," said newly elected IPC president Andrew Parsons.

“They want to show to the world that Mexico City is open and that life and business is continuing. At the same time, the feedback from the IPC membership is that they are keen for the Championships to go ahead."

More than 1400 athletes are expected to take part in the two sports during the events which are both key staging posts in the four-year Paralympic cycle.

“After carrying out all of the necessary safety checks on the venues, team hotels and all related infrastructure, we have decided to reschedule the Championships for two months later than originally planned," added Parsons.

“We appreciate that the new dates may not suit all athletes and teams. However, we feel it is important to put on the 2017 Para Sport Festival in order to further show our support to the people of Mexico City and give all of those athletes that have spent the year training for this event the opportunity to compete at the very highest level.

“We can now look forward with great excitement to the world’s best powerlifters and swimmers going head-to-head for world titles later this year.”