FINA statement on new dates for Tokyo 2020, plans for Fukuoka 2021

FINA statement on new dates for Tokyo 2020, plans for Fukuoka 2021

Lausanne, Switzerland, March 30, 2020: World governing body FINA welcomes the announcement of the new dates for Tokyo 2020 – July 23 to August 8, 2021 – and the clarity it brings.

In a statement issued on March 30, FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione said: “Faced with the unprecedented need to reschedule the Olympic Games, our friends at the IOC and Tokyo 2020 have reacted with great speed and professionalism. 

“To already know the dates is very helpful to federations and athletes everywhere. FINA would like to express its best wishes to all those who have committed themselves to making the aquatics competitions of Tokyo 2020 the great success that I know they will be.”

FINA will now consult with the organisers of the 2021 FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan to examine a revision to the proposed dates for the Championships, initially scheduled to take place from July 16-August 1, 2021. 

FINA will also consult with stakeholders including athletes, coaches, national federations, TV partners and sponsors in order to determine the most appropriate solution. 

Meanwhile, FINA would like to express its sincere thanks to Tokyo 2020 and to Japan for its commitment to hosting a rescheduled Olympic Games. 

FINA would also like to encourage the aquatics sports family to continue to closely follow the advice of public health authorities in helping prevent the further spread of COVID-19.