FIVE MORE COUNTRIES are to use Dublin as a training base for the London Olympics this summer.
Swimmers from South Korea, Poland, Venezuela, Surinam and the Cayman Islands will use the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin to train, the Minister of State for Sport has announced this morning.
The South Korean team will train in the Abbotstown swimming complex in March while individual swimmers from the four other countries will train at the centre in July.
“I’m delighted with this news. It demonstrates that where we have world-class facilities like the NAC, we are able to attract international competitors,” said Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring.
The US synchronised swimming team is due to train in the NAC in April and again during the summer, while Dublin will also host a pre-Olympics water polo tournament in July with teams from Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany and Great Britain all due to take part.
Minister Ring said that efforts by the Irish government to ensure Ireland benefits from the proximity of the London Olympics are paying off.