Tokyo Olympics 2020: Gymnastics test event in May cancelled, to be replaced by local event

The international event will be replaced by a local event with only Japanese gymnasts to test the venue for the upcoming Olympics. Travel restrictions were cited as a prime reason for the cancellation.

The Associated Press March 09, 2021 18:25:25 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Gymnastics test event in May cancelled, to be replaced by local event

The deferred Tokyo Olympics are set to start on 23 July with the opening ceremony. AP Photo

A gymnastics test event for the postponed Tokyo Olympics that would have included athletes from outside Japan was cancelled on Tuesday.

The Japan Gymnastics Association and international governing body FIG said the Tokyo World Cup, scheduled for 4 May, would have been the last in a series of three following events in Germany and Britain. They were both also called off.

The international event will be replaced by a local event with only Japanese gymnasts to test the venue for the upcoming Olympics. Travel restrictions were cited as a prime reason for the cancellation.

The Tokyo Olympics are to open on 23 July. They face strong opposition in Japan with fears about the pandemic and athletes from abroad being allowed to enter the country.

The Olympics involves 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of officials, judges, VIPs, sponsors, media and broadcasters.

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