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British Para-Swimming International Meet to go ahead under revised conditions

The 2021 British Para-Swimming International Meet (BPSIM) will still go ahead but under revised conditions following the Government’s roadmap announcement.

British Swimming have confirmed that domestic entries for the event will now be restricted to swimmers named on the elite athlete return to training lists.

The change comes with the Government’s announcement stating that indoor pools can open on Monday 12 April, one day after the BPSIM is planned to finish (8 – 11 April).

Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield will still host the event that will be a key selection event for British para-swimmers ahead of Tokyo.

It will also form a leg of the World Para Swimming World Series and similarly to the recent Manchester International Swim Meet, the BPSIM will also be live streamed.

British Para-Swimming’s National Performance Director, Chris Furber, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but given the latest set of government guidelines, we were left with very few options.

“I and everyone at British Swimming understands how hard it is for those swimmers who cannot currently train, and whilst this is another blow, there is now some light at the end of the tunnel.

“As I’ve said before, the BPSIM is absolutely key for our athletes who are on the pathway to Tokyo, and after the Manchester International earlier this month, I am extremely confident we will have a safe and successful meet in April.”