The 2021 World Aquatics Championships in Japan will now be held in 2022, the sport's governing body FINA said in a statement on Monday.
The event was initially scheduled for the summer of 2021 from July 16 to August 1 in the Japanese city of Fukuoka. However, the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in March caused FINA to reconsider its own dates so there won't be any clash and eventually make the adjustment to postpone the event to May 13-29.
"After liaising with the relevant stakeholders and receiving feedback from them, we have no doubt that the decision taken will provide the best possible conditions for all participants at the Championships, " said FINA President Julio Maglione.
A general view during the men's 50m breaststroke final on day four of the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Nambu International Aquatics Centre in Gwangju, South Korea, July 24, 2019. (Photo: VCG)
"At a time of unprecedented uncertainty, FINA hopes the announcement of these dates will allow for some clarity in planning for all concerned."
Back on March 30, one day after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee agreed on new dates for the rescheduled Games, FINA said they would consult with the organizers of the 2021 world championship in Fukuoka to "examine a revision to the proposed dates."
FINA also made other moves following the Tokyo Olympics' delay including to postpone a series of Olympic Games Qualifying Events with new dates that are yet to be confirmed.
Chinese swimmers compete in Artistic Swimming's Team Technical Preliminary Round at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships at Yeomju Gymnasium in Gwangju, South Korea, July 14, 2019. (Photo: VCG)
Because the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed to 2021, several international sports federations have already readjusted their 2021 calendar. World Athletics, for instance, has said it would move its world championships slated for August 6-15, 2021 to 2022.
However, despite the readjustment, international sports federations might face financial difficulties in the time leading up to the Olympics as international tournaments, which are their main source of revenue have now been delayed.
Moreover, they aren't going to get the funding from the IOC this September, a tradition followed after each Olympic Games. All of this will lead to a cash flow dilemma for them.