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Due to the COVID-19 situation in Ontario and other provinces, Swimming Canada is changing the Olympic & Paralympic Swimming Trials, Presented by Bell.
Swimming Canada’s primary selection event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic teams was scheduled to run May 24-28 at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (“TPASC”).
“In light of the state of emergency and stay-at-home order in Ontario, as well as travel restrictions in and out of other provinces, Swimming Canada’s board of directors, in consultation with management, has determined that the May dates for Trials are no longer viable,” said President Cheryl Gibson, who led an emergency board meeting to review the situation Monday evening. “We have therefore asked management to explore plans to hold the Trials in June.”
“The Olympic Trials will now be held at TPASC June 19-23, replacing the previously scheduled Invitational Qualifier. Swimming Canada is also pursuing options for holding the Trials elsewhere in North America should running the event in Toronto not be viable based on factors at the time. The dates would remain the same in an alternate location. A decision of whether to move the event, if possible, will be made by the end of May or sooner,” said CEO Ahmed El-Awadi. More…