US Masters Swimming Sees 1,500 Participants in Virtual Championships

US Masters Swimming wrapped up the 2020 Toyota USMS Virtual Championships Powered by Swim.com on Monday, its first virtual swim meet and one of its largest virtual events ever.

More than 1,500 participants across the country competed in 5,500 pool and open water races, swimming more than 1,800 miles in this socially distanced event, which attracted swimmers ranging from those in their first competition to three-time Olympian Elizabeth Beisel.

“The Virtual Championships were the perfect way for me to reenter the world of competitive swimming,” Beisel says. “I cannot wait to compete in more Masters Swimming events and recruit more of my former teammates to jump back into the swimming world with me.”

The event also raised nearly $30,000 through net entry proceeds, donations, and an online auction for the USMS COVID-19 Relief Program, which will support clubs nationwide as they attempt to restart once safe and appropriate

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Three continental Para-badminton championships suspended

Elwanda Tulloch

The three continental Para-badminton championships remaining on the 2020 calendar have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

The European, Pan-American and Asian tournaments were due to be held in October and November, but now join their African counterpart in being suspended.

Irish capital Dublin was the European venue, Manizales in Colombia was due to host competition between players from the Americas and Thai capital Bangkok was slated to host the Asian tournament.

Kampala in Uganda was supposed to stage the African competition in April, but that was suspended in March.

Dublin had been due to host the European Para-Badminton Championships in October ©Getty Images
Dublin had been due to host the European Para-Badminton Championships in October ©Getty Images

The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said that a decision on whether or not these tournaments would be part of the 2021 calendar was yet to be made.

Tournament hosts and continental bodies were consulted before the suspensions were decided, the BWF added, saying the health

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No State Championships for New Jersey High School Swimming

Elwanda Tulloch

No State Championships for New Jersey High School Swimming

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) updated its return to play policy for the upcoming school year on August 20. Outdoor fall sports (football, cross country, field hockey, girls tennis, soccer) will be able to start practice on September 14 and begin competition on October 1, while girls tennis will be able to start September 28.

The indoor fall sports – gymnastics and girls volleyball – will be moved to a new, special season that will begin with practices on February 16 and competition on March 3, according to the NJSIAA Twitter account that laid out the new plans for the season.

Winter sports teams, which include swimming & diving, may begin practicing on December 3 and competition will start December 21.

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World Para Swimming European Open Championships Set For May 2021

Elwanda Tulloch

The Madeira 2020 World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Portugal have been rescheduled to 16-22 May 2021.

The European Championships were initially meant to take place from 17-23 May this year but were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In April, World Para Swimming announced the 2020 season would be put on hold until September to monitor the situation.

On Tuesday they – alongside the Madeira local organising committee – announced the rescheduled dates with the event serving for some as preparation for the Paralympic Games which will take place in Tokyo from 24 August-5 September.

As an Open event, athletes from all continents will be able to compete with around 500 swimmers from more than 50 countries expected at the Penteada Swimming Complex, in Madeira’s capital Funchal.

This will be the second time the Portuguese island hosts the Euros following the 2016 edition.

Madeira 2020 will be jointly

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Young guns rule the roost at badminton national championships

Elwanda Tulloch

Mixed doubles champions Supak Jomkoh, left, and Supissara Paewsampran.
Mixed doubles champions Supak Jomkoh, left, and Supissara Paewsampran.

Kunlavut Vitidsarn and Phittayaporn Chaiwan were crowned singles champions while Supak Jomkoh landed a couple of titles on the final day of the 2020 Toyota Thailand Badminton Championships on Thursday.

Third seed Kunlavut captured the men’s singles honours after he upset top seed Kantaphon Wangcharoen 21-17, 21-23, 21-11 in the final of the 1.02 million baht tournament.

Kunlavut, 19, is a three-time world junior champion. He made his first World Tour final appearance at the Spain Masters earlier this year, losing to former world No.1 Viktor Axelsen of Denmark in the title match of the Super 300 event in Barcelona.

Phittayaporn, who was seeded fourth, captured the women’s singles crown after she defeated second seed Pornpawee Chochuwong 21-16, 21-16.

Supak ended the tournament with two titles, winning the men’s and mixed doubles titles.

The 23-year-old teamed up with Supissara Paewsampran to

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Dutch 2019 World Para Swimming Championships team honoured

Elwanda Tulloch

The Netherlands’ team for the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships have this month received the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB) Performance Prize for 2019.

The prize – one of a series of awards given out by the KNZB – was handed to the team by KNZB President Marius van Zeijts.

In total, the Dutch team won 21 medals – eight of them gold – at the World Championships in London to earn the KNZB recognition.

Liesette Bruinsma led the way, winning three golds and two silvers.

The Netherlands did not send a team to the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships.

The award is a team prize, and several members of the Dutch squad have also announced their retirement from the sport.

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World Para Swimming European Open Championships postponed until 2021

Elwanda Tulloch

This year’s World Para Swimming European Open Championships in Madeira have been rescheduled to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers have announced the event, which had been due to take place from May 17 to 23, will now be held from May 16 to 22 in 2021.

“We are extremely happy to be able to share this news with our sport community and our fans,” said World Para Swimming manager Georgios Antoniou.

“We understand that these have been difficult months due to the uncertainties caused by the pandemic, but we have been in continuous contact with the local Organising Committee and the Madeira authorities to be able to find new dates for the competition.

“The European Open Championships is the last major event before the Tokyo Paralympic Games and we believe the move is the best option to allow athletes and teams to better plan their activities ahead of

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