Swimming Australia eyes Plan B in case of Tokyo cancellation

01/23/2021

Sydney, Jan. 23: Swimming Australia has started discussions about a replacement domestic or virtual international competition for its athletes in case the Tokyo Olympics are cancelled, president Kieren Perkins said.

Organisers were forced to reiterate their commitment to holding the Games in July and August after a report on Friday said Japan’s government had privately concluded the Games would have to be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perkins, who won gold medals at the 1992 and 1996 Games, was delighted that Friday’s “little moment of panic” had been firmly quashed but felt he owed it to Australia’s swimmers to put a contingency plan in place.

“If the worst happens and Tokyo is cancelled, for our athletes who have had the opportunity to prepare and work so hard for so long to get to this moment, I think it behoves us to give them the best chance to at least test themselves and see what that work has created,” he told the Australian newspaper.

“We are preparing on the basis that this is happening so our swimmers will be ready, our trials are going ahead. If the Games themselves are cancelled, what can we do to take advantage of the fact that our athletes are ready?” Perkins said.

“It is an open question ... whether we run our own meet or maybe we could do a virtual meet with some of our major competition. It is an open question mark at the moment but we will prepare and have alternate plans,” he added.

Twice Olympic sprint relay champion Cate Campbell told the paper she thought it was a “wonderful idea”, even if she desperately wanted to swim at her fourth Olympics in Tokyo.

“I think one of the benefits of having an ex-athlete as our current president is that he thinks of things like that,” said the 28-year-old.

“Will it be the same? Absolutely not. But it is something worth exploring and asking athletes if it is something they would like to do, absolutely,” Campbell said.-Agencies 

Related News

Halep punishes Anisimova to reach last 16 at French Open

Paris Oct. 2: Top seed Simona Halep extracted brutal revenge on American teenager Amanda Anisimova with a 6-0 6-1 victory to move ominously into the fourth round of the French Open. Anisimova caused a huge upset last year when she comfortably beat Romanian Halep, then the defending champion, in the quarter-finals, but…

Mane 2nd Liverpool player this week to contract virus

Liverpool, England, Oct. 3: Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has become the second player to contract the coronavirus at the English Premier League champions this week. “I've been tested positive but I am feeling good and not showing heavy symptoms,” Mane wrote on Instagram on Friday. “I will begin my quarantine…

French Open: Novak Djokovic advances, Garbine Muguruza crashes out

Paris, Oct. 4: World number one Novak Djokovic has moved clear of Roger Federer with his 71st Roland Garros victory, after he cruised past lucky loser Daniel Elahi Galan of Colombia in his third round contest in the ongoing tournament. On Saturday, Djokovic defeated Galan 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 to improve…

Kvitova reaches 1st French Open quarterfinals since 2012

Paris, Oct. 5: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova reached the French Open quarterfinals for the first time in eight years by beating Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4. The seventh-seeded Czech player lost her only semifinal match at Roland Garros in 2012. Zhang had a medical timeout while trailing 5-2 in the…

Afghanistan cricketer Najeeb Tarakai dies following road accident

Kabul, Oct. 6: Afghanistan top-order batsman Najeeb Tarakai has died from injuries following a road accident last week, the country’s cricket board said on Tuesday. The 29-year-old was critically injured in the accident on Friday, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said without sharing details. “ACB ... mourns the heartbreaking &…

Australia's women hammer NZ to share ODI record win streak with men

Melbourne, Oct. 7: The peerless Australian women's cricket team thrashed New Zealand by 232 runs in Brisbane on Wednesday to match the world record 21-game winning streak in one-day internationals set by Ricky Ponting's men's side in 2003. Stand-in skipper Rachael Haynes (96) and fellow opener Alyssa Healy (87) helped…

Video

Find Us on Facebook

From Social