Most of the state of Victoria, Australia will remain in lockdown until the end of October in an effort to control the coronavirus pandemic within the area.
In addition to employment, economic and educational ramifications, the sports sector is also being majorly impacted as a result of the restrictions.
Regarding swimming specifically, Swimming Victoria announced today that the following events have been cancelled for the months of November and December:
2021 Victorian Metro Short Course Championships
2021 Victorian Age Short Course Championships
2021 Victorian Open Short Course Championships
2021 Victorian Country Short Course Championships
Country & Metro Junior District Competition
Victorian Qualifying Competition
Swimming Victoria says that “a decision will be made on whether some low-key return-to-sport swim meets, and pathway/development squad activities can be safely held in December 2021” will be determined next month.
The organization officially stated, “Whilst we understand the cancellation of the short course season two years in a row is disappointing, we hope that this decision eases the uncertainty and pressure that our swimmers are no doubt experiencing and provides them with sufficient time to prepare themselves for state-level competition in 2022.”