Tokyo Olympic organisers have known as off a water polo check occasion set for this weekend, Japanese media reported on Tuesday.
Nationwide broadcaster NHK and nationwide information company Kyodo each cited unnamed officers. Organising committee officers declined to substantiate the reviews.
The reviews mentioned technical officers had been unable to go to Japan due to strict procedures to enter the nation.
The information comes lower than 4 months earlier than the opening of the postponed Olympics and might be a setback as organizers and the IOC try to carry the Tokyo Video games in the course of a pandemic. The Olympics open on July 23.
Two different check occasions additionally seem like off.
Swimming governing physique FINA mentioned on its web site diving World Cup occasion set for April 18-23 in Tokyo had been canceled, and it reported the identical for a creative swimming occasion for Could 1-Four.
FINA mentioned it will problem a whole assertion later this week. FINA mentioned the “choice of re-allocating the FINA Olympic qualifiers deliberate in Japan is underneath overview.”
Tokyo organisers did handle over the weekend to drag off a check occasion for Paralympic wheelchair rugby.
The BBC reported final week, citing a letter from FINA it had seen, that the diving occasion was cancelled as a result of it “won’t correctly guarantee” athletes’ security.
Japan has attributed about 9,200 deaths to COVID-19. It has dealt with the pandemic higher than many international locations, however not in addition to most in Asia.
The Olympics and Paralympics will contain 15,400 athletes coming into the nation, and tens of 1000’s of officers, judges, media and broadcasters. Followers from overseas have been banned from attending.
Final week town of Osaka requested organizers to cancel a leg of the torch relay that’s to undergo town on April 14. Town is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 instances.
The torch relay began on March 25 from northeastern Japan. It’s circulating the nation and is to achieve Tokyo on July 23. It entails about 10,000 runners.