The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), today, postponed the World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi to December 10-12, 2021. The Championships were initially scheduled in December 2020, but based on the request of the UAE authorities, postponement was announced.
The Championships add to the list of sporting events which were cancelled or postponed due to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and to safeguard the athletes’ health and safety.
World Swimming Championships: New Dates
As per the press release sent today, FINA has decided the new schedule already and the dates of this competition are December 13-18, 2021 at the Etihad Arena. This will add to the FINA World Aquatics Convention taking place also in Abu Dhabi, during December 10-12, 2021.
The United Arab Emirates will be hosting the World Swimming Championships for the second time in history, after organizing it in 2010 in Dubai.
Speaking about the decision, the FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione said, “We have worked in close co-operation during the last weeks with the UAE authorities on this matter and we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition. The Abu Dhabi rendezvous in December 2021 will be a great achievement and will once more be a strong inspiration for the development of Swimming and Aquatics in the region”.
Doha To Host General Congress
In addition, FINA announced that its General Congress, which will decide the fate of the FINA Bureau for the period 2021-2025, will take place on June 5, 2021 in Doha (Qatar). The FINA Bureau 2021-2025 Members selected during the congress will initiate their term immediately post the conclusion of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which is scheduled to be staged during July 23-August 8, 2021.