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By Elizabeth Hudson
BBC Sport
With less than a year to go before the Tokyo Paralympics, the Para-swimming World Championships in London of this week are a Enormous event on the way to Japan.
Along with athletics, swimming is one of the large two sports in the Games.
Competition begins in the London Aquatics Centre, which staged such a memorable Games in 2012 on Monday.
Great Britain has called a team of 24 athletes and BBC Sport looks to follow along the seven days of competition.
London was declared as the hosts of the championships in mid-April for denying to allow Israelis compete later Malaysia, which was due to stage the event in July, was stripped off.
Malaysia, that is a majority Muslim country, banned the athletes due to what Kuala Lumpur sees as Israel treatment of Palestinians.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons explained all world championships”needs to be available to all qualified athletes and nations to compete safely and free of discrimination”.
In 2017, the Worlds had to be rescheduled before it was due to begin in September after an earthquake in Mexico.
Great Britain, along with Canada and Australia, chose not to send a team After the event took place three months after.
This means this will be the largest gathering of Para-swimmers since the Rio Paralympics, using a top-two slot in every race.
Russia was prohibited after details of state-sponsored doping in the McLaren Report from Paralympic competition in 2016.
It meant Russian athletes missed the Rio Games, although some managed to compete in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang competitors.
In Marchthe IPC raised the 29-month suspension, so some specific competitions up before 31 can be participated in by Russians – like Beijing 2022 Paralympics and also the Tokyo 2020 – should the specified testing requirements have been met by them.
The Para-swimming World Championships will be the event with involvement since the raising of the ban and they’ll have a group of 52.
Among those that top the ranks in their events are Valeriia Shabalina and Andrei Kalina, that both won gold four years back.
Shabalina, that competes at the S14 group for athletes with learning disabilities, are a threat to Jessica-Jane Applegate trio Bethany Firth and Louise Fiddes.
And having topped the medal table at Glasgow 2015, all eyes will be on sailors are currently looking ahead of Tokyo.
In addition to the lack of Russian athletes, the issue of classification is.
New IPC rules need all Para-swimmers to go through international classification prior to the Tokyo Paralympics. The choice has influenced all nations with the impact simply being seen today.
Wonderful Britain’s Paralympic winner Oliver Hynd was moved into compete against less-impaired swimmers and didn’t make up for the Worlds, whilst team-mate Matt Wylie, who also won gold at Rio, retired after his classification was changed, stating the experience had”emptied him”.
Brazil’s medallist Andre Brasil, who had been in the category for 15 decades, was told that he was no longer qualified for competition.
To the S9 occasions, New Zealand celebrity Sophie Pascoe was changed From the women’s affairs.
Pascoe, who won two silvers and three golds in Rio in her S10 occasions, is a leader on peak of the ranks within her category and is going to be a favourite.
The Great Britain team has the normal mix of Mikey Jones Paralympic champions Ellie Simmonds along with Bethany Firth trying to shine, along with rising Toni Shaw and stars Maisie Summers-Newton, who impressed at the Europeans of the past year in Dublin.
Alice Tai, yet another who has moved category from S10 to S8 at Rio, will be a favourite.
GB ended third in Dublin in the medal table behind Ukraine and Italy, and They’ll challenge again along with Russia, China, Australia and USA.
Reece Dunn and newcomers Brock Whiston will hope to make their mark into their very first major internationals.
Whiston holds the world record from the SB8 100m breaststroke and is favourite for gold on the last day of competition on Sunday, but on Saturday she has a fantastic opportunity in the 200m medley, moving up from Jessica Long with all the American celebrity’s world album well within her grasp.
Dunn has changed into a challenger to Paralympic silver medallist Thomas Hamer and Commonwealth champion, taking his world record earlier in the summer and also their freestyle competition on the opening day of Monday is a race not to be overlooked.
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