Hynd to miss out on World Championships
Kirkby-in-Ashfield's Ollie Hynd will not take part in next month's rearranged Para Swimming World Championships in Mexico after British Swimming decided to withdraw from the games.
The games were due to take place from 30th September to 6th October but were postponed due to a devastating earthquake that hit the country's capital, Mexico City, and its surrounding areas last month.
It has been rescheduled for late November but British Swimming say they had to consider the impact it would have had on preparations for the 2017/18 season.
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.”
Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “We fully respect the decision of British Swimming not to attend the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico in November.
“The sport is best placed to make these incredibly tough decisions and having carefully considered all the factors they have found that they, along with many other nations, are not able to compete next month.
“It must also be recognised that the IPC and the Organising Committee in Mexico have done a truly remarkable job to achieve such a swift turnaround for the event in the most serious and trying circumstances imaginable and we wish them well with the staging of the World Championships next month.”
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