Following the very successful staging of the FINA Diving World Cup, from May 1-6, 2021 at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, FINA and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee would like to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Japan Swimming Federation, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and the Japan Sports Agency for their dedication and support to all participants in the event. Athletes, coaches and officials were able to compete at the highest level in the outstanding venue that will host the Swimming, Diving and Artistic Swimming events during the Olympic Games this summer, from July 23-August 8, 2021.
During the six-days of competition for this World Cup (attended by 224 athletes from 46 nations), strict COVID-19 countermeasures were put in place in order to ensure the health and protection of all those taking part in the event. All participants fully complied with the measures in place and FINA and Tokyo 2020 really appreciated their efforts.
Feedback from the competitors has been very positive. The overall sensation is that the principles of “safeguarding everyone’s health” and the “feeling of being safe” prevailed, and were well ensured throughout the competition.
Speaking during the event, Jennifer Abel (CAN) commented, “We need to adapt, everyone needs to cope with these conditions. The main goal for everyone is to be and feel safe, and we are very safe here. We cannot ask for better conditions with this COVID situation”.
Yona Knight-Wisdom (JAM) noted, “I am extremely happy to be able to compete again and to see so many friends I admire. I had a tough year, like everyone else, but always with the hope to return to the pool as soon as it was possible. In the end, we’ve made it and I feel I have all the conditions to compete here in a good shape”.
More details on the sanitary measures for this event and more athletes opinions, can be found here
Working as both a qualifying event and a test event (from both an organisational and sport point of view) for the Olympic Games, the FINA Diving World Cup produced outstanding performances, confirming many of the stars in the discipline, and revealing new names that will surely shine in the years to come. Moreover, the quality, functionality and beauty of the Aquatics Centre in Tokyo was praised by all the athletes competing this week in Tokyo.
Among the 438 participants, including athletes, coaches and team officials, only one Covid-19 positive case, which was found to be in a team official upon arrival at the entry in Japan, was confirmed and announced on April 29. This individual was immediately quarantined, following the national procedure in place, and no close contacts were identified by Japanese authorities.
Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA)
The Fédération Internationale de Natation, founded in 1908, is the governing body for aquatics worldwide. FINA's five discipline Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Diving, Water Polo and Artistic Swimming – are all included in the Olympic programme. High Diving made its first appearance in FINA events at the 2013 FINA World Championships. FINA counts 209 affiliated National Federations on the five continents and has its headquarters in Lausanne (SUI).
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