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Saturday, May 30, 2020
Barbados Hoping to Host the 2021 Carifta Championships
Barbados Aquatic Sports Association (BASA) president, Tony Selby, is hoping to be able to host the 2021 Carifta Swimming Championships.

Barbados was scheduled to host the CARIFTA Swimming Championship in April that has since been cancelled, BASA is hoping that the other CARIFTA Federations would allow Barbados to stage the championship next year instead of St. Lucia which had the rights for 2021.

“CARIFTA was supposed to be held last month but because of COVID-19, it was postponed. But now with all the developments concerning COVID-19, we have cancelled it completely for this year. Hopefully, the other CARIFTA Federations would permit us to host it next year. So that is the intention and we are presently awaiting confirmation for that but that is the intention that Barbados will now host it next year,” Selby said.

The hosting of events is one way BASA earns revenues and like other associations, they have suffered financial loss because of COVID-19. In addition to hosting CARIFTA this year, Barbados was also expected to stage the Aquatic Centre International Invitational, a FINA-approved meet for the Olympics and that was supposed to be held at the end of this month but has now been cancelled.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
FINA Announce World Swimming Championships Dates

The International Swimming Federation (FINA) has announced new dates for the 2020 World Swimming Championships (25m), which are now scheduled to take place in December 2021.

Originally due to take place from December 15th to 20th this year, the event in Abu Dhabi has been postponed until December 13th to 18th of next year.

FINA said they had opted to move the event given the "uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide".

It will be the second time that the UAE has held the Short Course event after Dubai staged the 2010 edition.

The event is scheduled to be the 15th edition of the Championships, which focuses on swimming distances that are mostly 200 meters or under.

The event is given its name due to the smaller swimming pool used, which is 25 meters rather than the usual Olympic-sized 50m pool.

FINA President Julio Maglione thanked the organizers for moving the event.

"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," he said.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
FINA Announce World Aquatics Championships Dates

Following consultation with the city of Fukuoka, Japan Swimming Federation, organizers, athletes, coaches, technical committees, TV partners and sponsors, FINA is pleased to announce that the FINA World Championships in Fukuoka (JPN), initially scheduled for the summer of 2021, will now take place from May 13th – 29th, 2022.

“After liaising with the relevant stakeholders and receiving feedback from them, we have no doubt that the decision taken will provide the best possible conditions for all participants at the Championships. We look forward to witnessing the world’s best aquatic athletes from around the world competing in the city of Fukuoka (JPN) in 2022,” said FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione. “At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, FINA hopes the announcement of these dates will allow for some clarity in planning for all concerned.”

The FINA Family would like to thank the authorities of the City of Fukuoka, the Japan Swimming Federation, Organizing Committee of the FINA World Championships, and all our partners for their commitment and support in reaching this decision.

Moreover, the FINA World Masters Championships will take place across the island of Kyushu (JPN), from May 31st - June 9th, 2022.
Monday, May 11, 2020
FINA Offer Recommendations and Prevention to Training

Following the declaration of World Health Organization that the current COVID-19 outbreak has now reached a worldwide pandemic status, FINA (World Aquatics Federation) advises its members, athletes and aquatic fans to maintain good hygiene and have prevention measures against COVID-19.

The recently-created FINA Taskforce considered the impacts of the current situation with regard to the health of our athletes by assessing the risks of hosting forthcoming FINA competitions. A number of significant decisions were made to postpone or cancel events. FINA's overriding concern at this challenging time is to proactively safeguard the health of all event participants, and also to safeguard public health in general.

In addition to the outbreak itself, government restrictions and guidance on events and travel as well as recommendations of the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee have been considered carefully by FINA's COVID-2019 Taskforce.

FINA has also been in discussion with the host federations and committees involved, to which FINA remains deeply grateful for their efforts to further Aquatics.

How to protect yourself when you train?

•If you do physical maintenance exercise, avoid physical contact with your peers

•Do not drink from the same bottle as others

•Try not to exercise too close to your colleagues (at least keep a distance of 1 meter). It is not recommended to train with larger groups than 3-4 people

•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, never by hand

•If you are going to handle materials such as technical equipment (stick, racket, snorkel, glasses, helmets, etc) clean it with alcohol before and after use

•Avoid using gym equipment if you do not know if it has been disinfected before hand

•After exercising, try to clean your clothes and any material you can in hot water for about 60-90C° with ordinary detergent. Training material that cannot be cleaned with alcohol
Friday, May 08, 2020
Esposito Wins UMBC Spirit Award

Prior to the global pandemic taking over the world, Vanessa Esposito Qualified for Canadian Olympic Trials representing University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Junior Esposito qualified for the Canadian Olympic trials by posting a time of 17:39.06 in the 1650 Freestyle.

Due to the 2020 Spring season being cut short, the UMBC team awards did not feature the team’s Most Valuable and Most Improved Athletes and Unsung Heroes, but those that best exemplify UMBC Athletics’ core values of GRIT.

Esposito was announced as the UMBC Women’s Swimming and Diving Spirit Award winner.
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