At least five Italian swimmers have dropped off the Aqua Centurions roster for the 2020 ISL season, with more weighing withdrawals.
An updated Aqua Centurions roster obtained by SwimSwam shows the following names now absent from the team:
Three names have been added:
A source tells SwimSwam that some athletes could be facing conflicts with military service, which would make a five-week absence difficult. Other swimmers are also weighing their options, with more withdrawals potentially in the coming weeks.
The International Swimming League is planning to hold its second season during a five-week training camp in Budapest, Hungary. But that plan has come up against coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions. Most Australian athletes have already withdrawn from the league.
With the coronavirus pandemic still affecting travel and athletic competitions around the world, the ISL has said it plans to test athletes upon arrival in Budapest and every five days during the regular season. But the league still has not announced whether it will conduct its season in a ‘bubble’ in Budapest or whether athletes, coaches and officials will be quarantined while the season is taking place.
The five withdrawals from the Italy-based Aqua Centurions leaves that lineup very thin, with just 10 women and 14 men on the roster.