European swim event moves date, venue in Israel
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European swim event moves date, venue in Israel

Organizers say due to 'overloaded' January calendar, championship meet will be held in December 2015 instead

LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships Herning, Denmark, 2013. (screen capture: YouTube/beni lope)
LEN European Short Course Swimming Championships Herning, Denmark, 2013. (screen capture: YouTube/beni lope)

LUXEMBOURG CITY, Luxembourg — Israel’s hosting of the European Short-Course Swimming Championships has been moved from January to December next year.

The European swimming federation, known by its French initials LEN, said Wednesday its policy-making bureau voted on the switch of dates and venue to avoid a “quite overloaded” sports calendar in January.

The annual event was last held in December 2013 and will now next be staged December 2-6, 2015 in Herzliya.

The LEN said Israel’s swimming federation had already requested moving the event from Netanya, which was scheduled to host from January 15-18.

The European body made no mention in a news release of Israel’s military conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

On Monday, the men’s ATP tennis tour canceled the inaugural Israel Open scheduled Sept. 15-21 in Tel Aviv because of security concerns.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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