It’s a perfect 10 for Olympic training camps
A tenth team has confirmed they will hold their pre-Games training camp for the 2012 Olympics in the North.
Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “I am pleased to announce the South African badminton team have chosen Lisburn Racquets Club as their training base for the Olympics.
“They are the latest team to choose an Irish venue, and bring to 10 the number of teams who will base themselves in the north for their Pre-Games training camps for the Olympic and Paralympics Games.
“As with the other Pre-Games Training Camps in the North, this is not only an endorsement for local facilities but also a boost for athletes here as world-class competitors prepare in their midst.
“The All-Ireland Olympic Torch Relay has shown the spirit of the Games is strong here. In excess of 250,000 people came out to see the flame on its journey and support our inspirational Torch Bearers.
“I am sure we will all join in welcoming these athletes, coaches and support staff to Ireland. With all 10 teams, I hope their experiences here will provide the best possible preparation and provide a springboard for Olympic success.
“By the time the Games begin, the North will have been part of the Olympic journey for 1,000 athletes. I hope their experience here is a positive one, and they will carry this message to the Games themselves, and far beyond.”