London wins 2016 Euro Championships

The 2016 European Swimming Championships will be held in London,

the first major competition to be staged at the 2012 Olympic pool

since the games.

British Swimming announced Friday it won the bid.

Swimming, diving and synchronized swimming will take place at

the London Aquatics Centre, which will also host the European

Masters Championships.

CEO of British Swimming David Sparkes says “the competition is

an important stepping stone to enable our elite athletes to compete

at a high-quality competition early in 2016 before they travel out

to the Olympic Games.”

More than 5,000 total competitors are expected at both

events.

London Mayor Boris Johnson says the news is “a glowing testimony

for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s status as a world-beating

destination for elite sport.”