Olympic athletes from China will be training at Bath University for three weeks before the Games in London.
The group of 25 swimmers have signed a contract to say they will be based at the university in July to make use of its leading swim facilities which include a 50m pool plus sport science back-up areas for physiology, physiotherapy, ice-baths and saunas as well as video-analysis capabilities.
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “We already have strong links with China in terms of academic research and collaboration, so we are delighted to extend this partnership into the areas of sports performance and sport science.
“We have over 1,000 Chinese students currently studying at Bath and I’m sure they will be very proud to learn that their University will be hosting the Olympic swimming team ahead of the Games in London.”
Stephen Baddeley, director of sport at the university, said: “China is one of sport’s global super-powers and, as such, demand world-leading facilities and services to support their athletes as they prepare for the 2012 Games. We are thrilled they have chosen the University of Bath as their pre-Games training base.”
The Chinese delegation will be at the university between July 2 and July 22. They will train alongside the Bath-based British Olympic swimmers.
Malaysia has also been using the university as a regular training base since early 2010 in the lead up to large European-based tournaments as well as for the Olympic Games.