— Published 2 November 2023

Los Angeles inherits the Pan Pacs

The timing looks perfect. In 2026, two years before the Summer Games, Los Angeles will host one of the major events on the international swimming calendar. The next edition of the Pan Pacific Championships, the Pan Pacs, was originally scheduled to take place in Canada. It has now been moved to Los Angeles. The announcement was made in a joint statement by the American and Canadian swimming federations. The Pan Pacs were last held in Tokyo in 2018. The next edition, scheduled for 2022, was due to be held in Canada. But it was cancelled after the world championships were postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the health crisis and the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games by a year. At the time, World Aquatics announced that Canada would continue to host the competition in 2026. According to the press release, the decision to move the event to California was accepted by the four founding countries of the Pacific Rim, Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States. The United States last organised the Pan Pacs in 2010. The competition was held in Irvine, California, some 60km south of Los Angeles.