World Championships postponed due to earthquake

World Championships postponed due to earthquake

The international Paralympic committee (IPC) has postponed its World Para Swimming and World Para Powerlifting Championships events due the 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday which has wreaked huge havoc in Mexico.

The 2017 para-sport festival was scheduled to hold from September 30th to October 6th in the Mexican capital.

IPC President, Andrew Parsons said: “Following the terrible earthquake our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with the people of Mexico at this time. The tragic loss of lives and devastation caused is heart breaking to see and our deepest sympathies are with all those involved.

Andrew said, “The decision was taken following an assessment of the current situation and after close liaison with the Local Organising Committee and the City of Mexico government”.

“I know the postponement of both Championships will be disappointing news to all the athletes who were set to take part, however these are unique circumstances and quite simply this is the right thing to do at the moment.

“Our immediate priority now is to work with the team delegations currently in Mexico City to ensure their safe departure. We will then assess whether we can reorganise these Championships in the near future in Mexico City or seek alternatives.”