Coronavirus: FINA postpones 2020 World Swimming Championships to December 2021

FINA had previously postponed several events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

This year's World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi, scheduled to take place in December, have been pushed back by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, swimming's world governing body FINA said on Thursday.

The competition will now be held from Dec. 13-18, 2021. The World Aquatics Convention will also take place in Abu Dhabi from Dec 10-12, 2021, FINA said in a statement.

"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," FINA president Julio Maglione said.

FINA had previously rescheduled the 2021 Aquatics World Championships in Fukuoka to May 13-29, 2022 to avoid a clash with the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

It also had to postpone Olympic qualifiers in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The events postponed include the men's water polo qualification competition, the Diving World Series and the Water Polo World League.

Several artistic swimming events were postponed including events in Egypt, Hungary and Kazan while events in Greece and China.