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Olympics: Diving, swimming qualifying to go on in Japan


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TOKYO (Reuters) – The diving and synchronized swimming qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will take place in Japan, Kyodo news reported on Friday, just days after both test events were governing Sports world management (FINA) cancels.

Last week, FINA said it was reviewing the status of both events, as well as the marathon swim qualifiers, without stating a reason, before marking the events as “canceled” on its website calendar. .

The BBC reported that FINA was concerned that organizers of the Diving World Cup were not doing enough to protect the athletes from COVID-19. TASS quoted the Russian diving team captain as saying the event was canceled.

However, Kyodo, citing multiple unnamed sources, said Friday that the diving event, scheduled to begin April 18, will take place in Japan and agreements are being made to held in May.

The performing arts swimming tournament from May 1-4 will also take place in Japan. It does not mention whether it will be rescheduled or not.

However, Portugal has been considered a viable venue for the Olympic marathon swim qualifiers taking place in the southern city of Fukuoka in late May.

Kyodo said the parties agreed in the negotiations on Thursday not to cancel the events, has been changed to “TBC” (to be confirmed) on the FINA calendar from “canceled”.

A Tokyo organizing committee spokesman said FINA and other stakeholders are in talks and any announcements will come from the swimming agency.

Tokyo 2020 did not comment further.

Yasuo Mori, a senior Tokyo 2020 official, said on Sunday Olympic organizers knew FINA “intends to cancel” the events and they will hold talks with the joint venture. swimming group this week.

The Tokyo Olympics, which was delayed for a year due to the pandemic, is slated to run from July 23 to August 8.

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