2022 Pan Pacific Championships Deferred To 2026, Will Remain In Canada

With an influx of changes to the international swimming calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2022 Pan Pacific Championships have been deferred to 2026.

Swimming Canada, who was set to host in two years time and will now do so in 2026 instead, made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.

“Out of respect for the recent changes to the international sporting calendar due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the four Pan Pacific Charter Nations have agreed to defer the 2022 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships,” the organization said in its press release.

The four Pan Pacific Charter Nations are Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States.

“We are looking forward to hosting this event, but in the bigger picture, everyone can benefit from the decision to defer the Pan Pacific Championships by four years,” said Swimming Canada President Cheryl Gibson.

“The Pan Pacific Championships will remain a benchmark event in the future. We now look forward to hosting a great event in 2026, welcoming our fellow Charter Nations Australia, Japan and Team USA, as well as other guests from around the world for a celebration of our sport at its best.”

While the event will remain in Canada, an official host city has not been named as of yet.

The international swimming schedule in 2022 became incredibly busy after the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021. The 2021 FINA World Championships were delayed until May of 2022, and the Commonwealth Games were already slated for July 27-Aug. 7, 2022, in Birmingham, England.

The press release also noted that the 2020 Junior Pan Pacs have been deferred until Aug. 24-27, 2022 in Hawaii, which was announced in early May.

In addition to the Olympics, LC World Championships and now the Pan Pacific Championships, the 2020 Short Course World Championships, scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi, were also moved to 2021.

Updated Potential 2022 Swimming Calendar

  • FINA Champions Series? – TBD
  • International Swimming League? – TBD
  • South American Swimming Championships – TBD, historic dates are sporadic
  • 2022 FINA World Aquatics Championships – Fukuoka, Japan – May 13th-29th
  • 2022 Commonwealth Games – Birmingham, England – July 27th-August 7th, 2022
  • 2022 LEN European Aquatics Championships – Rome, Italy – August 11th-21st, 2022
  • 2022 Jr. Pan Pacific Swimming Championships – Hawaii – August 24-27, 2022
  • 2022 Asian Games – Hangzhou, China – September 10th-25th, 2022
  • African Swimming Championships – TBD – TBD, usually in September or October (skipped in 2014 because of ebola outbreak).
  • 2022 Youth Olympic Games – Dakar, Senegal – October 22nd-November 9th, 2022
  • 2022 World Short Course Swimming Championships – Kazan, Russia* – Dates TBD, Usually in December
  • There are a few other junior meets that will likely be squeezed in here, like Jr. Pan Pacs and European Junior Championships.

* Pending outcome of Russia’s appeal of IOC sanctions over doping practices, though the head of the Russian federation Vladimir Salnikov says that this would not be impacted.

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3 years ago

Pan Pacs have always been a bit of a floater, to fill an International Competition hole…this makes sense.

3 years ago

Glad they are still keeping Jr Pan Pacs. I’m not sure where our junior teams would race on non-Jr World years without this meet.

Reply to  Coach
3 years ago

Some of our great juniors will be aged up by then and ineligible . But safety first .

Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

Joel – and they will be replaced with other GREAT juniors, and the cycle will continue.

Reply to  Joel
3 years ago

Not sure your point. They didn’t change the Jr Pan Pacs in 2022. SO those that would have been eligible for that event will still be eligible for that event. Everyone basically lost a year this year but the big events were all senior in nature not junior this year.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

Just as all 2020 European Junior Championships in aquatics.

3 years ago

sooooo sad…..not

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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