Artistic swimming qualifier to be held outside Japan in June

Artistic swimming qualifier to be held outside Japan in June

An Olympic artistic swimming qualifier scheduled for Tokyo in May will now be held outside Japan in June at a location to be decided, world body FINA said on Tuesday. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted preparations for the start of the 2020 Summer Games, already postponed by a year, in July.

It had been hope that the artistic swimming qualifier could be held later in the month, but FINA and Tokyo 2020 have now announced it will take place in June and outside of Japan. A venue is yet to be decided. It had previously been scheduled for March, before pandemic-related travel restrictions saw it moved to the May dates.

An operational test event will be held in Tokyo in July.

A marathon swimming qualifier that was scheduled for Fukuoka in late May has already been moved to Setubal, in Portugal, in June.

A diving qualifier and test event will go ahead in Tokyo in May, however.

The Tokyo Games are set to run from July 23 to Aug. 8.