Given the uncertainty related to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, FINA has decided to re-schedule the upcoming edition of the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m), initially scheduled to take place in December 2020 in Abu Dhabi.
The new dates of this competition are December 13-18, 2021, with the FINA World Aquatics Convention taking place also in Abu Dhabi, from December 10-12, 2021.
It will be the second time in the history that these Championships are held in the UAE, after a successful edition organised in 2010 in Dubai.
“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,” concurred FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione.
“The Abu Dhabi rendezvous in December 2021 will be a great success and will once more be a strong inspiration for the development of Swimming and Aquatics in the region.”
HE Aref Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, added: “These are extraordinary times and we want to ensure all the safety measures are in place to stage a prestigious event like the FINA World Swimming Championships.
“Rescheduling the Championships was the most appropriate option under the prevailing Covid-19 situation. We will definitely make up for lost time when we regroup in December 2021.”