The governing body over European aquatic sport, Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN) has unveiled its provisional calendar for the 2021 calendar year.
As with elite international events across all of sport, several key LEN competitions were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, a situation which also caused the 2020 Olympic Games to be postponed to 2021. This included the biannual European Aquatic Championships.
In May, LEN announced that the multi-discipline European Aquatics Championships would be moved from 2020 to the new dates of May 10th-23rd, 2021. The date break-down by discipline is reflected in this newly-published calendar as follows:
- European Championships – Ar<s<c Synchronised Swimming 10-14 May Budapest (HUN)
- European Championships – Diving 10-16 May Budapest (HUN)
- European Championships – Open Water Swimming 12-16 May Budapest (HUN)
- European Championships – Swimming 17-23 May Budapest (HUN)
The 2020 LEN European Junior Diving and European Junior Swimming Championships set for July of this year in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, respectively, were also officially postponed. Per the just-published calendar, the dates for the Junior events are as follows, although the European Junior Swimming Championships location is now TBD.
- European Junior Swimming Championships 6-11 July TBD
- European Junior Open Water Swimming Championships 22-25 July Paris (FRA)
UPDATE since original publishing:
Per LEN, in our press release on 1 May we announced that we cancelled all junior events for 2020. As such, we are not looking for a new host for 2021, but we are still looking for the host of next year’s edition.
The calendar also still lists Kazan, Russia as the scheduled host of the European Short Course Swimming Championships with dates of November 2-7.
While Russia is still appealing the decision, a sanctioned levied by the World Anti-Doping Association late last year over the Russian doping scandal prohibits the country from organizing major international sporting events for 4 years. While LEN has in the past declined to comment on how that might impact Russia’s hosting of these European Championships, along with other meets on the schedule, the WADA ban, as written, seems to apply to European Championship events.