Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster have together decided to postpone the McCullagh International meet that was due to be held in at the Bangor Aurora complex in late February.

The McCullagh International is traditionally the first major event of the year on the Swim Ireland calendar and in 2020, the event attracted Ireland's best, along with the likes of World and Olympic Champion Adam Peaty

The format went against traditional meet formats by running finals in the morning and heats in the evening, a format which is set to be adopted at the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

Swim Ireland have released a statement today: "This decision was not taken lightly, but given the current environment that we find ourselves in, we feel that we could not run this event as we would wish".

"This is unfortunate for all swimmers that were hoping to take part but everyone's health and safety is paramount to both Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster"

"However, we do hope to run this competition in some format in the last quarter of 2021 - if an appropriate environment is in place at that time"

Attention will now turn to the next meet on the Swim Ireland calendar, the Olympic trials which are due to take place at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin in April.

The governing body ran a successful event at the NAC in December 2020 where Ireland's elite swimmers took part in a three-day meet where multiple Irish records were posted.