NI to host five more Olympic teams

Published Wednesday, 14 March 2012
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Five more Olympic and Paralympic teams have chosen to train at Northern Ireland ahead of the London 2012 games.

The athletics teams from Qatar, Egypt, Kuwait and Sudan as well as the Jordanian Paralympic team will train at Antrim Forum during July and August.

They join the Australian and Cuban boxing teams and China's gymnastic teams as other countries which have confirmed they will be coming to the region for Pre-Games Training Camps.

Sports Minister, Caral Ní Chuilín said:

"I am delighted that five more teams have decided to use our superb facilities for training camps in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

"Confidential negotiations are still ongoing with a number of other countries who are considering holding training camps here.

"To have world class Olympic and Paralympic athletes train in Antrim is tremendous and something the Antrim Forum and the wider community should be proud of."

Dominic Walsh, Chair of SportNI said he was "extremely pleased" at the announcement.

"Our local athletes and young people will be able to watch at close hand high performance athletes and get a real feel for the games locally.

Antrim Mayor Paul Michael added, "We feel very privileged that Antrim Forum has been chosen as the training venue for these Olympic and Paralympic athletes and it's a fantastic opportunity to showcase its world-class facilities.

"We look forward to welcoming the teams as they prepare for the biggest event in their sporting career."

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