FINA is considering a 3-month suspension on all major events under its jurisdiction. These include Olympic qualification events in all water sports for both men and women as well.
Any decision is likely to include the organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, at a time when Japan is taking stringent measures to contain the spread of the virus. Today, a Japanese government panel of experts on communicable diseases gave warning that the battle to contain the new coronavirus could take months or even last beyond the end of the year, doubting if the Olympics can be held as planned.
The events that would be affected (only water polo events are mentioned here; Olympic qualification ones are in bold)
|22-29 March||Men’s Water Polo Olympic Qualification|
|24 March||World League: Women European Prelim – Game Day 5|
|14 April||World League: Men European Prelim – Game Day 5|
|21 April||World League:Women European Prelim – Game Day 6 (Olympic Qualifier)|
|28 April||World League: Men European Prelim – Game Day 6|
|28 April – 3 May||Men’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup|
|28 April – 3 May||Women’s Water Polo World League Intercontinental Cup|
|28 April||World League: Women European Prelim 2020 – Game Day 7|
|17 – 24 May||Women’s Water Polo Olympic Qualification|
Source: Swimming World Magazine
Cover photo: WHO (updated on 9 March, 06:00 GMT)