Jan. 20, 2021
Swimming Canada’s invitation process for the 2021 Olympic Trials has been temporarily put on pause, a source told SwimSwam on Wednesday. Following the initial set of invites sent out on Jan. 6 , the organization has delayed the process for the time being, for unknown reasons, though athletes tell SwimSwam they believe the ongoing pandemic has led Swimming Canada to re-evaluate its plan. Swimming Canada announced a radical change to its Trials format on Dec. 7, including the implementation of timed finals and an invite-only field of 20 swimmers per event. The initial invite list saw t ...
April 1, 2020
Canada , which triggered a chain reaction to get the Olympic Games moved to 2021 as the first nation to declare that it would not send a team to Tokyo 2o20 this July , has called on FINA to shunt the Fukuoka 2021 World Championships and all other events to 2022. The same message has been sent to World Para Swimming, while Swimming Canada has also announced that it will not send a team to the 2020 World Junior Open Water Championships in the Seychelles this August. The federation, which has already cancelled the whole of the summer season 2020 through August , welcomed the new 2021 da ...
March 27, 2020
Swimming Canada has announced the cancellation of all summer 2020 national events due to the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic . The cancellations include the suspension of the Olympic and Paralympic trials that had been slated for rescheduling, and the wipe out of the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships (May 22-24, Etobicoke, Ont.), Canadian Junior Championships (July 22-27, Montreal), and Canadian Swimming Championships (Aug. 6-9, Edmonton). On the Olympic Trials Swimming Canada noted: “In light of the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, those plans ...
March 21, 2020
USA Swimming’s letter to the USOPC advocating for the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games due to the coronavirus outbreak can count Swimming Canada among its supporters. A letter from Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi Friday states that it is “very much aligned” with the position of USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey in pushing for a postponement of the Games this summer for the benefit of athletes and the larger public-health situation. El-Awadi writes, in part: Telling athletes to prepare for an Olympic Games during a global pandemic raises serious issues. We hold the opinions of our ...
March 20, 2020
Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi issued a statement on Friday evening responding to recent letters sent from the Canadian Olympic Committee and USA Swimming regarding the potential postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games. El-Awadi says the organization “is very much aligned with many of the points” made by USA Swimming CEO Tim Hinchey, who sent a letter to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) advocating for a one-year postponement of the Games. “Telling athletes to prepare for an Olympic Games during a global pandemic raises serious issues,” said El-Awadi. “We ...
March 13, 2020
Swimming Canada announced today that the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials, scheduled for March 30th through April 5th, will be either postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a release, Swimming Canada CEO Ahmed El-Awadi said “With 3,000 to 5,000 people expected to attend daily, our Olympic and Paralympic Trials would grossly exceed the recommendations from Ontario’s chief medical officer. We also recognize that other provinces and cities are restricting access to pools and some athletes will not be able to train and prepare properly.