The Latest: Pan Pacific swimming won't be held until 2026

By The Associated Press
Posted 5/29/20

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded …

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The Latest: Pan Pacific swimming won't be held until 2026

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The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:

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The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.

Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event.

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.

Swimming Canada says “organizing a third major championships in that window presented several challenges.”

The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.

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Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.

The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.

The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”

The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.

Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.

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The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.

There will be no spectators at matches.

The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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