FINA men’s waterpolo olympic games qualification tournament in Rotterdam and three World League matches of the water polo women have been postponed. The Olympic Qualification Tournament Swimming in Eindhoven is canceled. The international swimming federations FINA and LEN have decided to cancel the international swimming sport events because of the developments concerning the Corona virus. As a result of these developments, the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation (KNZB) has also decided not to continue the international Swim Cup in The Hague in April.
The Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) of the water polo men would be held in Rotterdam from 22 to 29 March, followed by the Swim Cup in The Hague (3 to 5 April) and the Olympic and Paralympic Qualifying Swimming Tournament in Eindhoven (9 until April 12). A number of World League water polo games were also on the agenda in March and April.
The OQT water polo men is now held from 31 May to 7 June in Zwemcentrum Rotterdam. During this tournament, three more tickets for the Olympic Games in Tokyo are at stake.
“We understand and respect FINA’s decision to cancel international matches until further notice,” said Aschwin Lankwarden, KNZB General Manager. “The cancellation of the Olympic qualifying tournaments water polo men and swimming and the other competitions in our country is a setback for all parties involved, but safety first. We are in daily contact with managers from our international federation. Fortunately, we have already been able to plan a new date for the OQT water polo in consultation with FINA. We will of course continue to follow the international developments regarding the coronavirus and the national guidelines. Information is also continuously exchanged with The Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation (NOC * NSF).
Earlier, the Olympic Qualification Tournament water polo women had already been moved from March 8 to 15, to May 17 to 24. That tournament was originally supposed to be played in Trieste, Italy. FINA will announce where this tournament will take place in mid-April.
André Cats, technical director of the Royal Dutch Swimming Federation: “The swimming federation’s qualification procedures are hit hard by the measures relating to the corona virus. In our plans, many qualifying attempts would take place in March and April. Now that this is not the case, we will shortly come up with new proposals to our athletes, NOC * NSF and FINA which will support the preparations for successful participation in Tokyo as much as possible. It is unfortunate for our athletes and coaches, but they also fully understand this drastic measure. They already receive extra training in dealing with setbacks and are used to keeping focus on their goals ”.
If you have bought a ticket for the OQT Water Polo and / or swimming, you will soon receive an email with more information.