European Aquatics Champs delayed to later this year or 2021
The European Aquatics Championships, which were due to take place in the Hungarian capital Budapest in May, have been postponed until August.
The decision was taken by the LEN, the sport’s European governing body, today in light of the coronavirus outbreak across the continent.
The championships were to have been held alongside the elective LEN congress and the European Masters Championships on 11 to 24 May.
The new dates are 17 to 30 August, but, given the uncertainty over the length and impact of the pandemic, these will not be confirmed until late-May or early-June, and the events could yet be held over until 2021.
LEN president Paolo Barelli said on Friday: “Our common commitment and priority is to protect the health of the athletes and give them the best possible conditions to compete in a safe environment and, at the same time, celebrate a great aquatic event, something Hungary has always delivered with excellence.”
The postponement means that the European Aquatics Championships can no longer be used by participating nations as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which are scheduled for late July and early August.
Another prominent event moving from May to August is badminton's BWF Thomas and Uber Cup Finals, which are being hosted by Aarhus in Denmark.
The Badminton World Federation said today that, following consultations with Badminton Denmark over the impact of the coronavirus, it had been decided that the tournament could no longer take place on its original dates of 16 to 24 May.
The competition is now scheduled for 15 to 23 August, and will take place alongside the BWF Members' Forum and AGM, which has been moved to 20 and 21 August.