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The Paralympics team from Zambia who will be participating in the London Olympics 2012

The Paralympics team from Zambia who will be participating in the London Olympics 2012

The Paralympics team from Zambia who will be participating in the London Olympics 2012

Athletes from Vietnam and Zambia will train in Ireland ahead of the Paralympic Games, it has emerged.

Irish Aid and the Irish Sports Council will co-fund the trips by the two teams which will set up base in Dublin and Limerick in the build-up to London 2012.

A total of 15 countries have chosen Ireland as a training base in the run-up to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Joe Costello, Minister for Trade and Development, said Ireland has built strong relations with both countries through the department's overseas aid programme.

"Our support to these countries is aimed at reducing poverty, increasing the number of children at school, supporting inclusive economic growth and assisting people with disability to access training and employment," he said.

"By facilitating the teams in their preparations this summer, we are building on our support in the area of disability."

The total budget for hosting both countries is 64,000 euro.

The Zambian Paralympics Committee will be based at Morton Stadium, Santry, from August 6 to 27 and include five athletes - who will compete in athletics and powerlifting - and three support staff.

Meanwhile a delegation of 17 will travel as part of the Vietnam Paralympics Committee. Based in the University of Limerick from July 20 to August 10, the group includes athletes, swimmers, powerlifters and support staff.

Michael Ring, junior sports minister, said Ireland will give a warm welcome to the paralympic competitors.

PA