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Dublin in demand as Olympic training base

Updated: Wednesday, 21 Mar 2012 16:13

The National Aquatic Centre has succeeded in attracting Olympic teams from all over the world
The National Aquatic Centre has succeeded in attracting Olympic teams from all over the world

Five more countries have chosen Dublin as a training base for the London Olympics.

South Korea’s swimming team will train in the National Aquatic Centre in March, while individual swimmers from Poland, Venezuela, Surinam and the Cayman Islands are scheduled to use the facility in July.

Thirty swimmers and seven coaches from the South Korea will set up camp at Blanchardstown’s Carlton Hotel from 11-20 March.

The US synchronised swimming team have already confirmed their intent to use the NAC from 10-18 April, while the capital will also host an international pre-Olympic water polo tournament from 5-8 July. Teams from Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany and Great Britain have all been confirmed as participants.

Meanwhile, the NAC will host the Irish National Swimming Championships and the Irish Olympic trials next week.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring, who also serves as chairman of the London 2012 Co-ordinating Committee, revealed details of the NAC’s coup earlier today.

“This is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the committee and the associated agencies, which have been working hard to ensure that Ireland will benefit directly from the Olympics,” Ring said.

“I’m delighted with this news. It demonstrates that where we have world-class facilities like the NAC, we are able to able to attract international competitors. I would also like to congratulate the NAC and its staff for all their hard work.”

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USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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