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.