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Para-Stars to Fly into Cardiff

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Athletes from across Europe will be flying into Cardiff Airport throughout this week with the start of the Swansea 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships just days away.

Around 300 athletes and support staff will fly into Wales this week on their journey to Swansea University’s International Sports Village.

Amongst one of the first major delegations to arrive at Cardiff Airport are 32 athletes from the Netherlands, the host country of the last European Championships in 2012.

Two years ago the Dutch team won 20 medals, including eight golds, on home soil and star names included sprinter Marlou van Rhijn, long jumpers Iris Pruysen and Ronald Hertog and wheelchair sprinters Stefan Rusch and Kenny van Weeghel, who will all compete in Swansea.

The IPC Athletics European Championships opening ceremony takes place on Monday 18th August, with competition running from Tuesday 19th until Saturday 23rd.

The competition will feature a wealth of Paralympians, World Champions and record holders from over 40 nations.

Swansea 2014 has released around 15,000 tickets for the 5-day Championships, available both online at www.swansea2014.com and from local outlets. Priced at between £3-£7 per session, people from the city and athletics fans across the country can secure their place to witness action up close at morning and afternoon sessions.

Swansea University will host the event, creating an integrated venue and athlete village environment, supported by a strong Championship delivery team including Disability Sport Wales, Swansea Council, Welsh Government, British Athletics and Welsh Athletics.

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