On June 25, just one month before the start of the Olympic surfing competition, Makinohara City, Shizuoka Prefecture, announced that it had decided to accept the American national surfing team as a preliminary training camp for the Tokyo Olympics.
Although there are some uncertainties due to corona measures and immigration restrictions, the implementation period is expected to be 4 nights and 5 days from July 16th (Friday) to 20th (Tuesday), 6 players and staff. A total of 13 people, 7 people, will participate.
Details of the participating athletes have not been disclosed, but four American Olympic representatives have been decided: Kolohe Andino, John John Florence, Carissa Moore, and Caroline Marks. Also, if the remaining two of the six athletes participating in the training camp are substitute athletes, they would be Kelly Slater and Lakey Peterson.
The practice venue will be the wave pool of “Shizunami Surf Stadium”, which is currently in the final adjustment stage, and the Shizunami coast near it.
▲ Riding video released on June 8, 2021
In accepting the pre-camp, Makinohara City will make an “acceptance manual” based on the “playbook” that the Games Organizing Committee summarizes measures against coronavirus, and will take all possible measures against new coronavirus infectious diseases.
Specifically, all team members should be vaccinated before entering the country, daily inspections should be conducted during their stay, physical distance should be ensured so that they do not come into contact with the general public, and accommodation and practice venues should be moved. The manual states that it should only be used.
Regarding the exchange between athletes and citizens, it is said that they are considering an exchange meeting on the Web instead of face-to-face, and that the public practice is being adjusted.
(THE SURF NEWS editorial department)
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