Swimming: Pan Pacific Championships pushed back from 2022 to 2026

In a photo taken on Aug 12, 2018, Canada's Taylor Ruck (centre) competes during the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo.
In a photo taken on Aug 12, 2018, Canada's Taylor Ruck (centre) competes during the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The 2022 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships will be "deferred" to 2026 to accommodate changes in the international calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Canada, one of four Pan Pac charter nations along with Australia, the United States and Japan, will still host the event.

The one-year postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has made for a jammed international calendar, with 2022 already scheduled to include the July 27-Aug 7 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and world swimming body Fina moving the 2021 World Championships in Fukuoka to May 13-29, 2022.

Organising a third major championships in that window "presented several challenges," Swimming Canada noted in announcing the new plan on Thursday (May 28).

"We are looking forward to hosting this event, but in the bigger picture, everyone can benefit from the decision to defer the Pan Pacific Championships by four years," Swimming Canada President Cheryl Gibson said.

"The Pan Pacific Championships will remain a benchmark event in the future," Gibson added of a competition conceived as a way to provide a major international meet for countries not eligible for the European Swimming Championships.

"We now look forward to hosting a great event in 2026, welcoming our fellow Charter Nations Australia, Japan and Team USA, as well as other guests from around the world for a celebration of our sport at its best."