Dublin 2023 “open to all” with non-European swimmers eligible to race

The LEN European U23 Championships, set to be held in Dublin (IRL) from 11-13 August 2023, will be “open to all” with non-LEN member federations permitted to enter swimmers in the inaugural competition.

The new regulations will permit two teams to participate from the PanAM continental association – one from North and one from South America.

Those within Oceania, AASF and CANA will also be permitted to enter one team, with the squad size capped at 14 competitors.

“I think it’s a challenging competition, a new format, dynamic, with a lot of creativity,” said LEN President Antonio Silva.

“I think we can engage the athletes, mostly after junior age before the senior level in order to not abandon the competition and to move on in this direction and reach elite competition.”

The latest details revealed by European Aquatics (LEN) also state that future editions of the U23 championships will be held in alternate years, immediately prior to the World Aquatics Championships or immediately following its conclusion.

National Aquatic Centre, Dublin – ©INPHO/Tom Maher

Finals will be swum over 10 lanes, featuring a maximum of two non-LEN member athletes and there will be one medal ceremony per-event, which separates the ‘Open’ from the LEN member Federation swimmers.

All competitors shall be aged between 19 and 23 years by 31 December in the year of competition, with the minimum age category being 19 years.

However, as per the initial competition details revealed last month, for the 2023 Championships a Federation may enter a maximum of one competitor per event aged 14-18 years (born 2005-2009) as part of the four competitors per event regulation.

For more details about the regulations as well the event format, logistics and technical official requirements, please refer to the document below and check the LEN website for updated information about Dublin 2023 in the months ahead.