This weekend, 149 swimmers from 14 countries are expected to descend on the Croatian city of Split for the Croatian Open National Championships and another opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.
Countries expecting to send athletes include host Croatia, Montenegro and Slovakia. Montenegro’s 16-year-old swimmer Ilija Tadić is one the swimmers who will be trying to earn spots for Rio at the event. He comes off an excellent swimming season last year that saw him set a number of personal bests, and come close meeting the A-Qualifying standards several times.
The Croatian Open National Championships is scheduled to get underway on Saturday and conclude on Sunday. Beyond being another opportunity for swimmers to qualify, it is also an opportunity for new international swimmers with physical impairments to get their international classification. European swimmers with vision impairments or intellectual disabilities seeking classification will have to wait for the 2016 IPC Swimming European Open Championships in May in Portugal, or travel to Brazil for the 2016 Caixa Loterias Brazilian Swimming Open Championship in April. ID swimmers also have an additional classification opportunity at the British Para Swim International Meet in Glasgow in April.