UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION, TOKYO WELCOMES FOREIGN DIVERS TO TEST EVENT

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Diving and volleyball today became the first Olympic test events to include international athletes since such competitions resumed last month, as both got under way under close supervision in Tokyo.

The diving World Cup, also a qualifier for this summer’s Games, features more than 200 athletes from 50 countries including powerhouse China.

With around 15,000 Olympians and Paralympians expected to compete in Japan this summer, organisers are still grappling with how to hold the Games safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Japanese authorities are determined to protect not only Games participants, but a local population that opinion surveys have shown is largely opposed to the event held this summer due to the presence of the virus.