By Chris Gallagher TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 organizers plan to hold talks with the International Swimming Federation (FINA) this week, a senior official said, after the federation said it was reviewing whether to hold the diving qualification event. for the Olympics scheduled for this month. . “We are aware that they intend to cancel. On the other hand, we are still trying to confirm the details and we need to have further discussions with them,” said Yasuo Mori, deputy executive director of the Tokyo 2020 Games Operations Office, at Sunday. “We want to have conversations with them about those details,” he said in an online briefing after a weekend test event for wheelchair rugby. A cancellation would be a setback for Tokyo organizers after they restarted test events for the first time in over a year and would need to test COVID-19 countermeasures for participants at the venues. Media reports said that FINA had decided to cancel the final qualifying round from April 18 to 23, which is also an official test event for the Games, which were postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . The BBC, citing a letter from FINA to national federations, said the event was canceled because the COVID-19 precautions planned by the organizers “will not adequately guarantee” the safety of the athletes. FINA said it would make an announcement next week. In addition to organizers’ headaches, Osaka, part of Japan’s second-largest metropolis, wants to cancel its stage of the torch relay on April 14 due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases there. Mori said that FINA and the national federations would ultimately decide on the diving qualifiers, but that Tokyo organizers continue to attach great importance to test events as they prepare for the opening of the Games on July 23. “Regardless of the format, we would still like to do some kind of test event. So with that intention, we would like to continue coordinating with them,” Mori said.
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