World Para-swimming has announced the 2020 World Para-swimming Series calendar, with seven cities across four continents hosting the competition from February to June.
As in 2019, the season opener will take place in Melbourne, VIC, from 14-16 February.
Tracy Glassford, World Para-swimming’s Senior Manager, said: “The 2020 World Series will be the first to take place in a Paralympic Games year, offering swimmers from all over the world the chance to plan next season in advance and to compete in high-level events in preparation for Tokyo 2020. It will also give Para-swimming fans the opportunity to start following the amazing athletes they will watch competing at the Paralympics.
“The next season will also be the first in which the Series return to the same countries that hosted them in the previous season. The World Series is now well established as a platform for new swimmers to come onto the international scene at the same time that it offers the world’s best athletes a more consistent competition calendar. We take this opportunity to thank all Local Organising Committees, and share with them the success of the competition.”
The 2019 season saw over 1,300 swimmers from 84 countries competing. Spain’s Antoni Ponce was crowned the men’s individual winner and Great Britain’s Alice Tai took the women’s individual title.
By World Para-swimming
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