FILE PHOTO – 18th FINA International Swimming Championships – Girls’s 4x100m Medley Relay Ultimate – Nambu College Municipal Aquatics Heart, Gwangju, South Korea – July 28, 2019. Staff U.S. competes. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
(Reuters) – The 2021 International Aquatics Championships that had been because of be held in July-August 2021 in Fukuoka, Japan may well be rescheduled after the Tokyo 2020 Olympics had been postponed to 2021, swimming’s global governing frame FINA stated on Tuesday.
The Tokyo Olympics, at the start scheduled for July 24-Aug. nine this 12 months, had been postponed to 2021 previous within the day, the primary such prolong within the Video games’ 124-year trendy historical past, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Aquatics Championships are scheduled for July 16-Aug. 1 subsequent 12 months however FINA stated they might rethink the dates after the Global Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers launched a joint observation on suspending the Video games.
“FINA will now paintings intently with the host setting up committee… with the Japan Swimming Federation and with the Jap public government, with the intention to resolve flexibility across the dates of the contest, if essential and in settlement with the IOC,” FINA stated in a observation right here
“FINA’s primary function is to make sure the luck of its exhibit tournament, whilst making an allowance for the significance of athlete wellbeing and maximizing alternatives for aquatics stars to compete on the best degree.”
FINA stated it used to be additionally “neatly conscious” of the issues confronted via aquatics athletes world wide, with coaching amenities closed and executive protocols on social distancing making it just about unattainable to coach for festival.
Greater than 377,300 folks had been inflamed via the unconventional coronavirus internationally and 16,520 have died, in keeping with a Reuters tally. Japan has greater than 1,800 circumstances with 52 deaths.
Reporting via Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying via Christian Radnedge