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Swimming Canada unveils plan for return to pool in wake of COVID-19

Swimming Canada has unveiled its plan for the return of aquatic sports as restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to relax.

Phased approach with guidance from all levels of government

Canada's Kylie Masse swims in her heat of the women's 100m backstroke at the world championships in July 2019. On Monday, Swimming Canada unveiled its plan for Masse and her teammates to return to the pool. (Lee Jin-man/The Associated Press)

Swimming Canada has unveiled its plan for the return of aquatic sports as restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to relax.

In an email released Monday, Swimming Canada said a return to pools would be a phased approach, beginning once municipal, provincial and federal regulations give the go-ahead.

The first phase would focus on a small group of top athletes, such as those training at Swimming Canada high performance centres and Olympic and Paralympic Games hopefuls.

Future phases will include expanding and adding groups of athletes, leading to a full return to training and eventually competition.

Municipal, provincial and national health guidelines and restrictions would be observed throughout all phases.

Swimming has created a 15-person workgroup to oversee the plan.

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