University of Bath to host China's Olympic swimmers ahead of the London 2012 Games
12 March 2012
The University of Bath is hosting 25 of China's top Olympic swimmers before the start of this summer's Games.
A delegation from the country's sports and swimming federations visited the university recently to conclude the pre Games training camp arrangements and members of the Chinese squad will arrive in the city on July 2.
For the most part, Chinese athletes are going to be training alongside Bath based British swimmers, as both teams tinker with their final preparations.
The Chinese squad will also link up with Malaysia who have used the university's world-class Sports Training Village as a base in the lead up to large European tournaments since early 2010, as well as the London Games.
Professor Dame Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath (pictured right) said: “We already have strong links with China in terms of academic research and collaboration, so we are delighted to extend this partnership into the areas of sports performance and sport science.
“We have over a thousand Chinese students currently studying at Bath and I am sure they will be very proud to learn that their university will be hosting the Olympic swimming team ahead of the Games in London.”
The Chinese delegation at the university included the Vice-Chairman of the China Swimming Association (CSA), Mr Shang (pictured left), who signed the contract with the university as well as Yuan Haoran, Director of the CSA, Mr Yao, their head coach, Mr Xu, their team manager and Lu Yifan, Director of SportsScience for the CSA.
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, added: “China is one of sport’s global super-powers and, as such, demand world leading facilities and services to support their athletes as they prepare for the 2012 Games. We are thrilled they have chosen the University of Bath as their pre Games training base.”
Following their stay at the university, the Chinese team head for the Olympic Village on July 22. However, Bath's involvement with the London 2012 Games does not end there.
The university's sports training complex is to host the ParalympicsGB camp in the run up to the Games. Over 200 team members, from more than ten different sports, will make best use of the facilities.
By Stuart Appleby
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