European swim event moves date, venue in Israel

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, says 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 Dec. 2-6, 2015 in Herzliya.

The LEN says Israel’s swimming federation had already requested moving the event from Netanya, which was scheduled to host from Jan. 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.