From April 8 to April 13, the All-Russian Federation of Sports for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in Yoshkar-Ola (Republic of Mari El) will hold the championship and the Russian championship in swimming.
170 swimmers from 26 regions of Russia applied to participate in the national championship and the championship. Athletes will compete for racing prizes in all swimming styles: freestyle, backstroke, chest and butterfly at distances of 50 to 400 meters in individual races and relay races.
Simultaneously with the championship, there will be a competition between athletes with Down syndrome.
Swimming has been included in the competition program since the 1960 Summer Paralympic Games in Rome (Italy). The sport was developed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Swimming is one of the most intense medal sports in the Games program. It includes men and women with lesions of the musculoskeletal system, visual impairment and intellectual impairment. At the Paralympic Games, athletes perform in a 50-meter pool in 8 lanes of the International Water Federation (FINA) standard. At the XVI Paralympic Games, Russian swimmers with intellectual disabilities won 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medals.