European Short-Course Championships Shifted Back A Month After FINA Moves World Championships To 2021

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The 2021 European Short-Course Championships have been moved back a month to November 2-7 after an announcement earlier in the day from FINA, the international federation, that it has shunted its World Short-Course Championships ahead a year to December 2021 due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the European Swimming League (LEN) noted:

“The 2021 European Short-Course Swimming Championships will be held on 2-7 November in Kazan, a month earlier than had been set previously. LEN agreed with the Russian Swimming Federation and the host city of Kazan to stage the event on 2-7 November 2021 in the capital of Tatarstan.

“On whatever dates we hold our premium 25m event, it’s usually a tremendous success since our globally renowned stars always produce fiery races and offer fantastic entertainment for the fans,” LEN president Paolo Barelli said. Fellow members of the FINA Bureau, Russian Swimming Federation president Vladimir Salnikov added:

“We are delighted that we could find the new dates quickly and I’m sure that the event in Kazan will add another chapter to the success story of the European Short-Course Swimming Championships.”

LEN’s statement also noted: “While the coronavirus crisis shook up the calendar in all sports, LEN is looking forward to enjoying a brilliant year in 2021, which is to feature two of its highest rated meets. The European Aquatics Championships will take place in Budapest on 10-23 May (diving, artistic swimming and open water swimming competitions are scheduled to the first week, swimming will be held on 17-23 May), and half year later the short-course Europeans are due in Kazan, on 2-7 November.”

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