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Olympic qualifying event comes to Lisburn

14 June, 2011 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

The Sports Minister has said that an Olympic Games qualifying tournament is to be held in Lisburn.

Lisburn Racquets Club is to host the Yonex Irish International Badminton Championship in December. Two hundred players from over 30 countries around the world will compete at the four day event to qualify for the London 2012 Games next August.

This is the second pre-qualifying event which is to take place here. The Boccia World Cup will be held at the University of Ulster from the 18 - 27 of August this year.

Speaking at Lisburn Racquets Club, Carál Ní Chuilín said: “Lisburn is getting ready to welcome badminton teams from Europe, America and Africa in December.

“Significant work has been undertaken to bring this important pre-qualifying tournament to Lisburn. I am confident that other Olympic approved facilities here in the North of Ireland will have the honour of hosting similar pre-qualifying and training events over the coming months.”

The Sports Minister also outlined the aims of the North’s Olympic Strategy: “I am pleased that our partners in sport, business, arts, education and tourism as well as central and local government are working hard to ensure that as part of the lasting legacy of having the world’s largest sporting event so close to these shores we increase participation in sports for all, especially young people. We also want to encourage community engagement and social inclusion and to secure economic benefits.”

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