First, The Tokyo Olympics.  Now, The FINA World Championships Are Postponed

First, The Tokyo Olympics. Now, The FINA World Championships Are Postponed

The 19th FINA World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan has been postponed once again. Originally scheduled to be held in 2021, the World Championships were delayed one year in response to the rescheduling of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But fate intervened once again due to the emergence and spread of the Omicron variant.

The 19th FINA World Championships have been rescheduled for July 2023 which means the next FINA World Championships to be held in Doha will be rescheduled for January 2024.

When the host city Fukuoka will hosts the 19th FINA World Championships, it will be the first time that a major international open water swimming competition will be held in a competitive boat racing venue. The Fukuoka Boat Race course is a saltwater course used for professional boat races. The first event was held in 1953 and is a 10-minute walk from the central downtown area of Fukuoka.

What may be potentially interesting if the open water races are held in high tide is that the saltwater and freshwater collide near the first turn mark, causing a complex mix on the surface. For this reason, it is one of the most difficult water surfaces in Japan for boat racing.

This is an example of professional boat racing in Fukuoka where betting is allowed:

Professional boat racing in Japan where betting is allowed – and encouraged [start viewing at 5:10]

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