— Published 12 May 2021

The divers got a preview of the Games


As the first pre-Olympic event opened to international participation since the beginning of the sanitary crisis, the recent Diving World Cup gave participants a taste of what it will be like to compete at the Tokyo Games. The competition, a qualifier for the Games, took place from May 1st to 6th at the Olympic Aquatic Center. It gathered 224 divers from 46 countries. The American Sarah Bacon, silver medalist in the 3m springboard, told the Indianapolis Star that the athletes were only allowed to leave their hotel room to train or compete. Elevator doors were taped shut. Meals were left in the hotel hallway for the competitors. But, according to the American, it was “airplane food” that had to be heated in a microwave. “We were hungry all the time,” said Sarah Bacon. For the Olympics, we’ll have to make sure we bring a ton of snacks, just in case this happens again.” However, the competition conditions turned out to be as expected. “Once we got to the pool, everything was perfectly normal,” admitted another U.S. team member, Michael Hixon. Athletes and staff were tested upon arrival at the Tokyo airport and then every day while in Japan. Organizers reported only one positive case out of 438 participants (athletes, coaches, officials). This was a foreign team official who was placed in isolation before the start of the event.