Swim England has cancelled a number of forthcoming events due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The decision has been taken following the Government’s announcement to implement increased social distancing, avoid crowds gathering and carrying out any unnecessary travel.
All competitions organised by the national governing body that are scheduled to be held between now and the end of May have been called off. This includes the British Masters Championships.
Jane Nickerson, Swim England chief executive, said: “Cancelling events is not a decision to take lightly but following the latest announcement by the Government, it’s only right and fair to our members and clubs that we made an announcement sooner rather than later.
“We’d like to apologise to everyone for any inconvenience and disappointment these cancellations will cause but hope you understand this decision has been taken out of our hands due to the unprecedented situation we are facing.”
Jane added: “We will continue to review advice from Government agencies and liaise with the venue operators in relation to our events and competitions from June onwards.
“Sadly, this virus is impacting our sport at a key time for open meets and regional championships. Whilst Swim England cannot dictate to regions and clubs, we do strongly suggest that the advice of the Government is heeded.
“We understand the concerns around the qualifying window for the Swim England Summer Meet, which is impacted by the British Swimming Summer Championships.
“It has been agreed that the current window will be suspended and a technical meeting will take place this week to determine a process for issuing invitations for these meets.
“At present the Government has not closed schools or restricted school activity and therefore we do not see any reason why clubs should not continue with their training programmes in their own environment within the guidelines of the facility.
“We do not recommend training camps take place with members from different clubs.
The full announcement can be found here