More Olympic teams to train in Northern Ireland

Chinese competitors will train at the Salto Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn
Chinese competitors will train at the Salto Gymnastics Centre in Lisburn

Teams from five more countries are to use Northern Ireland as their training base for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Boxers from Colombia, Canada and Puerto Rico and the athletics teams from Algeria and Djibouti have chosen NI for their final preparations.

It means 15 countries will train in Northern Ireland in the build up to the Olympics and Paralympics.

Earlier, it had been announced that the Chinese gymnastics team and the Cuban boxers would be training in NI.

"This is terrific news and a wonderful honour to be hosting all of these countries over the next few weeks," said Northern Ireland sports minister Carál Ní Chuilín.

"Fifteen countries choosing our venues to train as they prepare for the London 2012 Games is a tremendous achievement.

"This is also a vote of confidence in our venues and hospitality and a boost for local athletes who will watch and compete with the best in the world on their home ground."

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