“We are delighted that we could find the new dates quickly and I’m sure that the event in Kazan will add another chapter to the success story of the European Short Course Swimming Championships,” Salnikov said.

Russia has topped the medals table at the last two editions of the European Short Course Swimming Championships, with the event now held every two years.

Glasgow in Britain hosted the 2019 edition, while Danish capital Copenhagen was the scene of the 2017 competition.

Kazan is set to become the first Russian city to stage the event.

The European Aquatics Championships in Hungarian capital Budapest – originally scheduled to take place in 2020 – will also be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with May 10 to 23 the new dates.

Ali Iveson | Inside the Games