In a letter dated March 12, 2020, the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) has informed the Southeast Asia swimming federations of the postponement of the 44th SEA Age Group Swimming Championships to October this year amid the threat of COVID-19.
Originally scheduled on 19-21 of June 2020, host Malaysia Swim Federation has decided to move it to October as a result of the covid 19 virus spread in the region.
The pandemic has left members of the region’s federations unable to organize national swimming competitions or selection programs.
“This decision is made after numerous requests from Federations who are unable to host any swim meets for the selection due to the fast spreading of Covid-19 virus,” stressed Mae Chen, ASUM’s Secretary General.
“In addition, we received advice from our Health Ministry to defer any international competition till a later date,” Chen added in her letter.
This news is a great new to Philippine Swimming which has yet to stage a qualifying meet for this year’s SEA Age Group Swimming Championships.
This development will give PSI enough time to organize not just PNAG, but other local qualifying meets for this year’s SEA AG; giving our local swimmers more chance of qualifying to the junior national team this year.
Organizing qualifying meets in the coming months though is still dependent on the development of the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
As of today, concrete plans cannot really be made due to the current state of our country’s fight against COVID-19.
Below is the copy of the memo sent by Malaysia Swim Federation :