World Para Events Postponed After Earthquake

World Para Events Postponed After Earthquake

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has postponed the World Para Swimming and World Para Powerlifting Championships following Tuesday's devastating earthquake in Mexico City.

Both events were scheduled to take place on 30 September 2017, but now have been delayed indefinitely following the earthquake that has killed more than 200 people.  

The decision was made after close assessment of the situation as well as liaising with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the City of Mexico government.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: "I know the postponement of both championships will be disappointing news to all the athletes who were set to take part, however these are unique circumstances and quite simply this is the right thing to do at the moment.

"Our immediate priority now is to work with the team delegations currently in Mexico City to ensure their safe departure.

"We will then assess whether we can reorganise these Championships in the near future in Mexico City or seek alternatives."

The full IPC press release can be found here.

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