The International Swimming League, the club-based competition involving top professionals in the sport, has announced that Naples will host the 2021 regular season.
The Italian city’s Piscina Felice Scandone will serve as the venue for the five-week campaign, which will involve 10 teams from around the world and run from 26 August to 30 September.
The ISL already visited Naples for a meeting in its inaugural 2019 season.
To address the Covid-19 situation, events will be held in similar conditions to the 2020 campaign, which was held entirely at a ‘bubble’ site in the Hungarian capital Budapest.
The 2021 regular season will be followed by a three-week playoff phase in November featuring the top eight teams, and a Grand Final in December of this year or January 2022.
The locations for the playoffs have not yet been disclosed, but the ISL said it is in talks with locations in Asia, Europe and North America.
ISL founder and president Konstantin Grigorishin said on Tuesday: ‘’Naples holds a special place in our hearts after such an incredible experience when the city hosted the second-ever ISL match in 2019, so I am very pleased that we are now heading back to this great Italian city. The Piscina Felice Scandone was full of passionate fans who created such a special atmosphere the first time around, and I hope we can go some way to recreating this.”