BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Swimming Australia has scrapped its nationwide short-course titles and gained’t be sending a full crew to the world short-course championships in December due to journey difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Australia’s elite swimmers have just lately returned from the Tokyo Olympics and are present process a compulsory 14-day lodge quarantine as a part of the nation’s strict border safety laws.
Australian swimmers collected 9 Olympic gold medals on the delayed Tokyo Video games.
Swimming Australia chief government Alex Baumann issued an announcement Monday to verify subsequent month’s nationwide titles had been canceled, however stated particular person swimmers who’ve certified and need to compete on the Dec. 16-21 world short-course occasion in Abu Dhabi could be supported.
“With restricted choices to return to Australia, the quarantine necessities following competitors falling over the Christmas and New Yr interval and plenty of of our athletes simply undertaken greater than 10 weeks away from dwelling, we felt sending a crew to the occasion was not viable,” Baumann stated.
There’s a strict cap on the variety of individuals getting into Australia throughout the pandemic, and anybody desirous to journey overseas should apply for a authorities exemption to depart the nation.
Scrapping the Sept. 23-26 nationwide short-course titles in Melbourne was crucial due to home border closures ensuing from a brand new wave of coronavirus circumstances in Australia’s jap states, Baumann stated.
“That is an unlucky state of affairs and once more a call we didn’t take flippantly,” he stated. “With the borders being so unstable and common lockdowns nonetheless occurring we really feel that is the fitting determination.”
Australia topped the standings at 5 of the primary eight editions of the world short-course championships, however hasn’t completed within the high two since 2008.
The short-course championships are held in a 25-meter pool, which is half the size of an Olympic pool.
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