UANA postpones 3 regional championships due to coronavirus
The Swimming Union of the Americas (UANA) has postponed three events due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The events affected are the Pan-American Masters Championship in Medellin Colombia from June 18-25; the Pan-American Junior Water Polo Championships in Edmonton, Canada from July 4 -12, and the Pan-American Artistic Swimming Championships in Aruba from August 31- September 6.
Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago along with Aruba were likely to have teams at these championships.
However, in a letter to the federation presidents on Tuesday, UANA President Maureen Croes outlined the reasons behind the decision to postpone the respective competitions.
“Over the past few months, due to COVID-19, our lives have changed radically and unexpectedly. Every part of our society has been affected, and unfortunately our sports as well,” she said.
“The resulting economic, social and psychological impacts on our society are simply not foreseeable and will be lasting.
"We have been monitoring the developments, following the recommendations, and we have been discussing the situation and status of our 2020 UANA events. At this moment, the most important thing is the health of everyone involved in our sports. Therefore, although it may seem exaggerated or premature, we have come to the difficult decision to postpone the events.”
UANA said it will continue to collaborate with the hosts to plan new dates for the events when the world has returned to a state that adequately allows for training and travel.
Coronavirus, which has infected about 900,000 people worldwide and killed over 44,000, has wreaked havoc on worldwide sport.