TOKYO (Reuters) – Diving and artistic swimming qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in Japan, Kyodo news reported on Friday, simply days after each take a look at occasions regarded to have been cancelled by the game’s world governing physique (FINA).
FINA had stated final week it was reviewing the standing of each occasions, in addition to a marathon swimming qualifier, with out specifying a purpose, earlier than marking the occasions as “cancelled” on its website calendar.
The BBC had reported FINA was involved organisers of the Diving World Cup had not executed sufficient to shield athletes from COVID-19. TASS quoted the pinnacle coach of the Russian diving group as saying the occasion had been cancelled.
However, Kyodo, citing a number of unnamed sources, stated on Friday that the diving occasion, which was scheduled to start on April 18, would go ahead in Japan and that preparations had been being made to maintain it in May.
The artistic swimming qualification event, set for May 1-4, would additionally go ahead in Japan. It didn’t point out whether or not it could be rescheduled.
Portugal, nevertheless, has been floated as a attainable location for the Olympic marathon swim qualifier that was to happen in the southern Japanese metropolis of Fukuoka in late May.
Kyodo stated the related events had agreed in talks on Thursday not to cancel the occasions, which have been modified to “TBC” (to be confirmed) on the FINA calendar from “cancelled”.
A Tokyo organising committee spokesman stated FINA and different related events had been in talks and that any announcement would come from the swimming physique.
Tokyo 2020 had no additional remark.
Yasuo Mori, a senior Tokyo 2020 official, stated on Sunday Games organisers had been conscious FINA “intend to cancel” the occasions and that they might maintain talks with the swimming federation this week.
The Tokyo Games, which had been postponed by a 12 months due to the pandemic, are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8.
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