Olympic officials and Tokyo organizers have decided to call off its three events citing COVID-19 concerns and not well-prepared receptions of the said events— Diving, Water Polo, and Paralympic wheelchair rugby.

/ 7 April 2021

According to the website of FINA, the swimming governing body stated that the World Cup Event had been canceled and said that the “decision of re-allocating the FINA Olympic qualifiers planned in Japan is under review.”

Moreover, as per the reports of BBC last week, after citing a letter from FINA that the organization’s decision to cancel was because it “will not properly ensure” athletes’ safety.

While Japanese media reported that the competition’s organizer opted to cancel the Water Polo event which was also solidified by the citings of National broadcaster NHK and national news agency Kyodo of the unnamed officials.

The cancellation of Water Polo was brought by Japan’s strict procedure to enter the country that led for the technical officials to not enter.

Also, Paralympic wheelchair rugby was also one of the events that have been cancelled.

The Tokyo Olympics is set to happen from 23 July to 8 August 2021 where swimming will take the opening stage and track and field will conclude the event.

Japan is preparing for thousands of people entering the country excluding fans from abroad—15,400 athletes and tens of thousands of officials, judges, media, and broadcasters.

On the other hand, due to COVID scare, North Korea decided to not participate in the summer games stating that “to protect our athletes from the global health crisis situation related to the coronavirus.”