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IPC Swimming European Championships Open in Iceland

The 2009 IPC Swimming European Championships opened in Iceland on Saturday with President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sir Philip Craven and President of the National Paralympic Committee of Iceland Sveinn Áki Lúdvíksson in attendance.

Swimming in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The championship, which runs through October 24, attracts 650 athletes and staff from 37 participating countries, according to a press release on paralympic.org.

During the opening ceremony, IPC President Craven presented Iceland’s President Grímsson with the Paralympic Honour, which is given to high-ranking dignitaries, officials and other persons outside the Paralympic Movement who have made significant contributions to it.

“By hosting the Swimming European Championships, Iceland brings Paralympic sport to this Nordic country as the main event, and thus creates more awareness in the region about the possibilities for Paralympic athletes,” Craven said.

A live stream of the 2009 IPC Swimming European Championships will be broadcast on a special online television channel October 23 and 24.

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