Tokyo Olympics 2020: Diving World Cup to be held in Tokyo in May, confirm organisers
Tokyo 2020 and FINA said the decision to reschedule the Diving World Cup came after 'a very fruitful consultation process' also involving the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee.
The Diving World Cup, which serves as an Olympic qualifier and test event, will be held in Tokyo around two weeks later than planned, organisers said Saturday.
It had been scheduled for 18-23 April but will now be held on 1-6 May, Tokyo 2020 organisers and FINA said.
But the Olympic marathon swim qualifier, originally planned for next month in Japan's Fukuoka, will be moved to Setubal in Portugal.
A series of qualifiers and tests for the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Games - due to open on 23 July - have been cancelled or postponed because of virus border rules.
Japan's travel regulations currently bar virtually all foreign nationals from entering the country.
Tokyo 2020 and FINA said the decision to reschedule the Diving World Cup came after "a very fruitful consultation process" also involving the Japanese government and the International Olympic Committee.
"This decision follows confirmation of the detailed procedures for entry and local hosting arrangements in place for the event in Japan during the month of May for all delegations taking part in the event," the pair said in a statement.
The marathon swim qualifier had been set to take place on 29-30 May in Fukuoka, but will now be held in June at a venue in Portugal that hosted the same event in 2012 and 2016, Tokyo 2020 and FINA said.
"Following the prompt interest and availability from the Portuguese Swimming Federation, the competition will now take place in Setubal (Portugal), on June 19-20," they said.
The status of the Artistic Swimming qualifier on 1-4 May in Tokyo is under review, with a decision to be made in coming days, their statement added.
The water polo test event has also been postponed, after reports said time-keepers and record-keepers who were due to travel to Japan could not take part in the event.
On Friday, Japan's government approved tighter coronavirus measures for the capital and other areas, weeks after lifting a state of emergency and with just over 100 days until the postponed Games.
The tournament was to take place from 21 June-2 July and would have served as good preparatory ground for all shooters who have qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Will be ‘very difficult’ for Thomas Bach to visit Japan right now, says organising committee head
Bach said recently he hoped to go to Hiroshima to meet the torch relay — and presumably to Tokyo — on 17 and 18 May. But he has said his plans were not finalised.
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Rower Arjun Lal Jat says ‘very little Olympic atmosphere’ in host city, expects ‘totally different’ Games
The Olympics open in Tokyo on 23 July but Arjun said the Games will be unlike any previous edition if they happen.