Swimming Canada adapts to FINA World Championships announcement
OTTAWA – Swimming Canada acknowledges Monday’s announcement by FINA of an extraordinary World Championships being awarded to the city of Budapest, Hungary, to take place from June 18-July 3, 2022.
“After the recent postponement of the 2022 FINA World Championships previously scheduled for Fukuoka, Japan, FINA has now informed us of a new agreement with the city of Budapest. This will give aquatic athletes around the world a global championships to work towards this summer,” said Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. “Swimming Canada will continue to be adaptable and make plans to ensure the best possible team represents our country at these championships, as well as at the subsequent Commonwealth Games.”
High Performance Director and National Coach John Atkinson and his staff have already been working on changes to plans for 2022 and beyond in the wake of the recent postponement. The new information will be incorporated into these plans as the national team program adapts.
“It gives a major event for our open water athletes to focus toward in 2022, and for the pool team athletes we will look to attend as we had planned when Fukuoka was scheduled for May 2022,” Atkinson said.
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England, are scheduled for July 28-Aug. 8.
“Following the FINA World Championships, we also have the Commonwealth Games. Our trials remain set for April 5-10 in Victoria and will serve to select or nominate both teams,” Atkinson said. “Of course, we all need to know the details that will follow, but now we can now move on into 2022 knowing the major international calendar is set, along with our trials.”
Budapest regularly hosts FINA events such as the FINA Swimming World Cup, FINA Water Polo World League and FINA Diving World Series. It was the site of the 2017 FINA World Championships, where swimmers set 12 world records, including Kylie Masse in the 100-m backstroke.
“The 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest was a fantastic event, and we look forward to returning this year,” Atkinson said
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