2021 Aquatics and Athletics world events to reconsider new dates
London - The World Aquatics Championships are scheduled for July 16-Aug. 1 next year but Fina said they would reconsider the dates
Published: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 7:20 PM
Last updated: Tue 24 Mar 2020, 10:46 PM
The 2021 World Aquatics Championships that were due to be held in July-August 2021 in Fukuoka, Japan could be rescheduled after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics were postponed to 2021, swimming's world governing body Fina said on Tuesday.
The Tokyo Olympics, originally scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 this year, were postponed to 2021 earlier in the day, the first such delay in the Games' 124-year modern history, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Meanwhile, World Athletics also agreed to change the dates of its 2021 world championships in the United States.
The championships in Eugene, Oregon are currently scheduled for Aug 6-15 and would be the first ever to be held in the United States.
USA Track and Field (USATF), the governing body for the sport in America, said it supported the discussions.
The World Aquatics Championships are scheduled for July 16-Aug. 1 next year but Fina said they would reconsider the dates after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organisers released a joint statement on postponing the Games.
"Fina will now work closely with the host organising committee... with the Japan Swimming Federation and with the Japanese public authorities, in order to determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC," Fina said in a statement.
"Fina's main goal is to ensure the success of its showcase event, while considering the importance of athlete wellbeing and maximising opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level."
Fina said it was also "well aware" of the problems faced by aquatics athletes around the world, with training facilities closed and government protocols on social distancing making it nearly impossible to train for competition.