Lisbon to host 2021 s/c Euros, diving ECH return to Kiev
At its meeting in Glasgow, the LEN Bureau allocated two of its top events.
The 2021 European Short-Course Swimming Championships shall be held in Lisbon (POR), as the local Government, the city and the host federation presented a strong bid which prompted a unanimous decision of the Bureau to allocate its year-end showcase to Portugal. It’s also a kind of returning to the city which already hosted the 1999 edition. This time it’s going to be a true spectacle to be staged in the Altice Arena, one of the largest multi-purpose facilities in Europe (with a maximum seating capacity of 20,000).
The stand-alone European Diving Championships will return to Kiev (UKR) in 2019 after a highly successful edition in the last year.
“We are very happy and proud that big-time swimming returns to Portugal” LEN President Paolo Barelli said. “Lisbon is a great city and the proposed venue guarantee that we shall witness another outstanding short-course event in December 2021. As for Kiev, in 2017 the Ukrainian hosts delivered a fantastic event, we are very much looking forward to be part of the second edition there.”
The Bureau nominated Fernando Carpena, President of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, new Vice-President of LEN and Gilles Sezionale, President of the French Swimming Federation, LEN Bureau Member.
Mr. Francis Luyce, former Olympic swimmer, former President of the French Federation and the longest serving member of the current Bureau since 1994, has been nominated LEN Honorary Member.