Out of respect for the recent changes to the international sporting calendar due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the four Pan Pacific Charter Nations have agreed to defer the 2022 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
Swimming Canada was scheduled to host the championships in summer 2022. With the Commonwealth Games already set for July 27-Aug. 7, 2022, in Birmingham, England, and FINA moving the 2021 World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, to May 13-29, 2022, organising a third major championships in that window presented several challenges.
Charter Nations Australia, Canada, Japan and USA agreed to defer the 2022 Pan Pacs to 2026, with Canada remaining the host nation.
“We are looking forward to hosting this event, but in the bigger picture, everyone can benefit from the decision to defer the Pan Pacific Championships by four years,” said Swimming Canada President Cheryl Gibson.
“The Pan Pacific Championships will remain a benchmark event in the future. We now look forward to hosting a great event in 2026, welcoming our fellow Charter Nations Australia, Japan and Team USA, as well as other guests from around the world for a celebration of our sport at its best.”
In addition, the 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships will not be held and will be deferred to Aug. 24-27, 2022 in Hawaii.
Swimming Australia’s Chief Strategist of High Performance, Alex Baumann, supported the deferral.
“The effects of COVID-19 has meant there has been adjustments to the international swimming calendar and we are supportive of the decision to defer the Pan Pacs,” he said.
“This competition remains an important benchmark event for Australia and we look forward to Canada hosting the event in 2026.”