Swimming world championships moved to 2022

Chad le Clos (Getty Images)
Chad le Clos (Getty Images)

The next swimming world championships, scheduled for 2021 in Japan, have been pushed back until May 2022 following the postponement of the Olympic Games, the sport's governing body said on Monday.

The world championships were due to be held in Fukuoka next year from 16 July - 1 August, but will instead take place from 13-29 May in 2022, the international swimming federation (FINA) said in a statement.

The 2020 Olympic Games were delayed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will now run from 23 July - 8 August in 2021.

"After liaising with the relevant stakeholders and receiving feedback from them, we have no doubt that the decision taken will provide the best possible conditions for all participants at the championships," said FINA president Julio Maglione.

"At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, FINA hopes the announcement of these dates will allow for some clarity in planning for all concerned."

The world aquatics championships also feature diving, open water swimming, synchronised swimming and water polo.

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