Five countries choose Dublin as Olympic training base

South Korea, Poland, Venezuela, Surinam & Cayman Islands have chosen Dublin as a training base for the London Olympics.

South Korea, Poland, Venezuela, Surinam & Cayman Islands have chosen Dublin as a training base for the London Olympics.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said that the South Korean Olympic swimming team will train in the National Aquatic Centre (NAC) in Dublin in March, while individual swimmers from Poland, Venezuela, Surinam and the Cayman Islands will train there in July.

Minister Ring, who is the Chairman of the London 2012 co-ordinating Committee, said it shows the Committee’s efforts to maximise Irish involvement are paying off.

Mr Ring said: "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.

"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."

Thirty swimmers and seven coaches from the South Korean swimming squad will train in the NAC from March 11 to 20. The South Korean team will stay locally in Blanchardstown at the Carlton Hotel.

At the end of July, individual swimmers from a range of countries will use the NAC as their pre-Olympic training base. They include swimmers from the Cayman Islands, Poland, Venezuela and Surinam.

The US Synchronised Swimming Team is holding a training camp from April 10 to 18 in the NAC and will return in July and August for further training sessions in the run-up to the Olympics.

Dublin will also host an international pre-Olympic water polo tournament for three days in July.

Teams from Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany and Great Britain have all been confirmed as participants from July 5 to 8.

Meanwhile, the NAC will host the Irish National Swimming Championships and the Irish Olympic trials next week, from February 29 to March 3.

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