2020 Euro Transplant and Dialysis Games for Dublin

by Cóilín Duffy

Dublin is gearing up for one of the biggest Sports events in Europe next Summer, with the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships set to take place in the capital from August 2nd-9th 2020.

The event was launched in the Irish Kidney Association’s Renal Support Centre in Beaumont Hospital.

“I know the Irish Kidney Association and Colin White (LOC Chairman) for many years and how hard a worker he is, and his team, ”Judit Berente, President of the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Federation told the Dublin Gazette.

“The facilities are excellent and I know the work that is being put in so I am sure that they will be a successful Championships.”

The event will allow competitors who have either received a transplant (including heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas or bone marrow) or who are undergoing dialysis treatment to compete in a broad range of sports on offer.

Athletes and supporters will be staying at the games hub, Dublin City University, where many of the sports will be held, while some sports will take place in other parts of Dublin’s Northside including the National Aquatic Centre, National Athletics Stadium and the Phoenix Park as well as Tallaght Community School on Dublin’s Southside and Black Bush Golf Club in County Meath.

The 13 sports on offer include Athletics (various track and field), Archery, Badminton, Cycling, Darts, Golf, Petanque, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ten Pin Bowling and Volleyball.

Irish Kidney Association project manager, Colin White is excited that the Championships are returning to Ireland for the first time in a decade.

“We are so excited to be bringing the Championships back to Dublin which will involve over 500 participants! Since we last hosted in 2010, I have worked closely with each subsequent local organising committee on behalf of the European Transplant & Dialysis Sports Federation.

“All of this sets us up well to deliver a memorable and impactful event. In the nine years that have followed since 2010, over 2000 people have undergone lifesaving transplants in Ireland. However, the number of people on dialysis has grown by 20% since then.

“The Games are an important platform to showcase to the public what can be achieved when people say YES to organ donation which is reflected in the tagline #LiveLifeGiveLife.”

Visit www.etdsc2020.com for more.

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