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2022 Pan Pacific Championships canceled as swimming calendar shifts

Pan Pacific Swimming Championships - Day 2

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 10: Team United States celebrate winning the gold medal in the Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay on day two of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center on August 10, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images)

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The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, a quadrennial major international meet, will not be held in 2022 “out of respect for the recent changes to the international sporting calendar,” according to a press release.

The Pan Pacs’ charter nations -- the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan -- agreed to the move. The 2026 event will be held in Canada, which was supposed to be the 2022 host.

The decision came after the 2021 World Championships were moved to May 2022, following the Tokyo Olympics moving from 2020 to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The quadrennial multi-sport Commonwealth Games -- which includes Australia and Canada, but not the U.S. or Japan -- are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7, 2022.

“Organizing a third major championships in that window presented several challenges,” according to the Pan Pacs release.

Pan Pacs mark the third-biggest major international meet for U.S. swimmers, held in non-Olympic, non-world championships years.

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