A Different Kind Of Olympics

A Different Kind Of Olympics

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

For the 12,000+ athletes who will head to Tokyo for the Summer Olympic Games will have an Olympic experience like no other athletes before them:

  • They will be escorted directly from the airport to the Olympic Village after offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • They will be limited to being transported only the Olympic Village and their competition venue.
  • There is no venturing out to explore Tokyo outside the Olympic Village and competition venue.
  • They cannot enter Japan more than five days before their first event.
  • They must leave Japan within 48 hours after their last event.
  • There will be no foreign spectators and the number of domestic spectators will be announced by May 19th.

The first 10 swimmers qualified for the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2019 FINA World Championships. The remaining 15 swimmers will qualify at the 2021 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier held in Parque Urbano de Albarquel in Setúbal Bay, Portugal on June 19th and 20th. The 15 qualifiers will secure one of these final spots to compete Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo Bay:

  • The first 9 finishers will qualify. Only countries that are not represented by athletes who qualified at the 2019 FINA World Championships 2019 can send a maximum of two swimmers per gender. 
  • Each country can qualify only one athlete per gender.
  • In regards to the five continental spots, the highest placed athletes who have not yet qualified from each of the five continents (Europe, Americas, Oceania, Africa, Asia) will qualify.
  • If a country has previously qualified one or two swimmers, the next highest ranked swimmer from the same continent, who is not yet qualified, in the 2021 FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier will qualify to ensure that each of these competitions yields a competitor.
  • Japan will automatically qualify one man and one woman.

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Steven Munatones