Montreal, Canada hosted the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships from 12-18 August. Following the success of London 2012 the event is likely to be the biggest to date with around 500 of the world's best swimmers from nearly 60 countries taking part. The majority of medal winners from London will be competing in Montreal as swimmers start their preparations for the next Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement, and also acts as the International Federation for nine sports, including athletics. The sport is governed by the IPC and co-ordinated by the IPC Athletics Sports Technical Committee, offering a wide range of competitions and events for male and female athletes in all impairment groups.