Plenty of Olympic diving spots up for grabs in Tokyo this week

The most anticipated diving meet of the year up to now, the FINA Diving World Cup currently taking place in Tokyo, within the same venue where the Tokyo 2020 Diving competition will take place, is a breeze of fresh air and hope for the participating athletes.

The Diving World Cup, an Olympic Qualifier, is a strong symbol for every aquatic athlete preparing for the Games; the first concrete opportunity to compete at the highest level, against the strongest opponents, ahead of the Games and a unique chance to test the hi-tech venue.

There are a total of 136 slots for divers – 68 male and 68 female. Synchronised events will have eight teams per event and there is a total of 32 divers per gender. Individuals will qualify via a top-12 placing at the World Championships and top-five finish at continental championships. The remaining spots will depend on the number of quota spots left, dependent on the actual names submitted by each federation. This will only be confirmed by Fina in June.

Within this ultra-safe COVID-free bubble, all athletes would agree to say that qualifying for this year’s Games would be most rewarding given the circumstances.

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