European Governing Body LEN Cancel All 2020 Junior Events Because Of Pandemic

Photo Courtesy: LEN

All European junior events in 2020 have been cancelled in the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, governing body LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) have announced.

The announcement came shortly before a senior LEN source confirmed to Swimming World that the European Championships – due to take place in Budapest, Hungary with a tentative date in August 2020 – would be pushed back to 2021. 

European Junior Championships

Duna Arena, Budapest: Photo Courtesy: SIPA USA

The Championships had initially been scheduled to take place from 11-24 May before being provisionally rescheduled for 17-30 August only for them now to inevitably be pushed back a year.

So too had all the European junior aquatics events been put on hold but now LEN have cancelled them in their entirety following a videoconference by the LEN Bureau.

That includes the European junior swimming and diving competitions which were due to be held in Scottish cities Aberdeen and Edinburgh respectively as well as open water in France and the artistic swimming in Malta.

The summer and autumn legs of the LEN Open Water Cup in Istanbul, Copenhagen, Paris and Piombino, Italy, have also been cancelled.

The statement from LEN read:

“The LEN Bureau held a videoconference and decided to cancel the European Junior Championships in all disciplines for 2020.

“This summer would have seen the best young swimmers racing in Aberdeen, the divers in Edinburgh, the artistic swimmers in Malta, the open water swimmers in France while Rome and Volos would have hosted the respective
editions of the U19 water polo Europeans.

“Due to Covid-19 crisis in Europe, the LEN Bureau had to take the painful decision to cancel all these events.

“The respective technical committees will prepare proposals if those age groups who have lost their chance to compete this summer (as they are to become over-aged next year) should be eligible to take part in 2021 or not.

“The summer and autumn legs of the LEN Open Water Cup are also cancelled.

“In the coming weeks, the Bureau will discuss the options to finish the water polo club season and to find best possible dates for the 2020 European Aquatics Championships.

“The event would have started in ten days in Budapest but has already been postponed.”


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