Swimming Canada has introduced the cancellation of a number of upcoming occasions, together with the 2021 nationwide championships.
The group made the announcement on Friday, citing the COVID-19 pandemic as the principle concern.
The 2021 Canadian masters swimming championships scheduled for May 21-23 in Quebec City, and the mixed 2021 Canadian junior and senior swimming championships in Calgary July 26 to Aug. 2 have each been cancelled.
Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi mentioned in a launch that the pandemic led to quite a few the explanation why the occasions could not be held, together with well being and security considerations and the shortcoming for a lot of athletes to correctly practice this yr attributable to restrictions.
Swimming Canada says it would proceed to guage its plans for the remainder of the yr as additional choices are introduced by nationwide, provincial and municipal authorities well being authorities.
“Sadly, we are making another announcement about cancelling events, which has become all too familiar over the past year. That said, it is once again done with the health and safety of our swimming community, and the wider community, at the forefront,” mentioned El-Awadi.
“Due to the high number of participants expected at these events, it would not be possible to put the proper distancing protocols in place to ensure these events run safely. In addition, the amount of travel required to attend these events was a major factor in the decision.”