2021 NEW ZEALAND SHORT COURSE SWIMMING C’SHIPS
- Tuesday, August 17th – Saturday, August 21st
- Sir Own G. Glenn National Aquatic Centre, Auckland, NZL
- SCM (25m)
- Selection Meet for World Short Course Championships
- NZL World Short Course C’ships Selection Criteria
- Event Site
- Psych Sheets
The 2021 New Zealand Short Course Swimming Championships are over just as soon as they have started, as the nation has been placed under strict coronavirus-related lockdown for at least 3 days.
From Swimming New Zealand:
After the government announced this evening that the whole of New Zealand will go into level 4 lockdown for the next three days from 11:59 pm tonight, we have made the decision to postpone the rest of the 2021 Apollo Projects NZ Short Course Championships from now onwards.
Again, we thank you for your patience. We will communicate regularly over the next few days and update you when we hear more information from the government.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden made the decision after the nation reported its first coronavirus case in 6 months. With the case stemming from Auckland, that city, in particular, is facing a 7-day lockdown, whereas the rest of the nation is homebound for 3 days.
According to Reuters, authorities are assuming the patient had contracted the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 although genome sequencing was yet to be completed.
As for the Championships, this meet was set to represent just one of several qualification opportunities, with swimmers also being able to nab times at any additional FINA-approved meet from October 6, 2020, through August 25th.
According to New Zealand’s Ministry of Health, 10 new cases have been reported during the 24 hours from 10 am ET on August 17 to August 18. There are seven active cases in the community and an additional 32 at the border.