January 27, 2019 / 10:22 AM / 6 months ago

Paralympics-Malaysia stripped of 2019 world para swimming championships

LONDON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 world para swimming championships after the country banned Israeli athletes from participating.

"All World Championships must be open to all eligible athletes and nations to compete safely and free from discrimination," said IPC president Andrew Parsons in a statement.

"When a host country excludes athletes from a particular nation, for political reasons, then we have absolutely no alternative but to look for a new Championships host." (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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