Australia pulls team from short-course worlds

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Swimming Australia has scrapped its nationalist short-course titles and won't beryllium sending a afloat squad to the satellite short-course championships successful December due to the fact that of question difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australia's elite swimmers person precocious returned from the Tokyo Olympics and are undergoing a mandatory 14-day edifice quarantine arsenic portion of the country's strict borderline extortion regulations.

Australian swimmers collected 9 Olympic golden medals astatine the delayed Tokyo Games.

Swimming Australia main enforcement Alex Baumann issued a connection Monday to corroborate adjacent month's nationalist titles had been canceled, but said idiosyncratic swimmers who person qualified and privation to vie astatine the Dec. 16-21 satellite short-course lawsuit successful Abu Dhabi would beryllium supported.

Emma McKeon launches into the excavation astatine the Tokyo Olympic Games. (Getty)

"With constricted options to instrumentality to Australia, the quarantine requirements pursuing contention falling implicit the Christmas and New Year play and galore of our athletes conscionable undertaken much than 10 weeks distant from home, we felt sending a squad to the lawsuit was not viable," Baumann said.

There's a strict headdress connected the fig of radical entering Australia during the pandemic, and anyone wanting to question overseas indispensable use for a authorities exemption to permission the country.

Scrapping the Sept. 23-26 nationalist short-course titles successful Melbourne was indispensable due to the fact that of home borderline closures resulting from a caller question of coronavirus cases successful Australia's eastbound states, Baumann said.

"This is an unfortunate concern and again a determination we did not instrumentality lightly," helium said. "With the borders being truthful unstable and regular lockdowns inactive occurring we consciousness this is the close decision."

Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell (Getty)

Australia topped the standings astatine 5 of the archetypal 8 editions of the satellite short-course championships, but hasn't finished successful the apical 2 since 2008.

The short-course championships are held successful a 25-meter pool, which is fractional the magnitude of an Olympic pool.

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