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Swim England ‘reluctantly’ cancels Open Water National Age Group Championships

Swim England has ‘reluctantly’ cancelled the Open Water National Age Group Championships due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was scheduled to be held at Thrybergh Country Park, Rotherham, on Monday 27 July.

It is one of four competitions that Swim England has been forced to cancel between now and the end of August.

With the country on lockdown in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus, leisure centres and swimming pools have been closed meaning athletes have nowhere to train.

A Swim England spokesperson said: “Our hope was that we would be able to stage the Open Water National Age Group Championships but we’ve reluctantly had to admit this is not going be to realistic.

“There’s obviously uncertainty about what the situation will be like when the event is due to take place and the necessary measures introduced by the Government means our swimmers can’t properly prepare.

“We apologise to everyone who had been looking forward to the event but the health and wellbeing of everyone who would be there is our main concern.

“Thanks to you all for your understanding and patience.”

Earlier this month, the Water Polo National Age Group Championships for U17s and U19s, the Artistic Swimming National Championships and the British Masters Championships were all cancelled.

Now Swim England has also been forced to cancel the Diving National Age Group Championships, the Artistic Swimming Combo Cup and the National Summer Meet.

Events due to be held from September onwards – including the Open Water National Masters Championships and the County Team Championships – will be assessed at a later date to see if it is viable for them to go ahead.