On the 3rd, the 2020 National Diving Championship, Tokyo Olympics and World Cup qualifiers opened at the Swimming and Diving Hall of Hebei Olympic Sports Center. In an interview with the media, Zhou Jihong, chairman of the Chinese Diving Association, said that due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, the original selection plan was disrupted. China diving will start from this competition and restart the Olympic selection, hoping to better mobilize the competitive state of veterans and newcomers.
The Tokyo Olympic Trials for the Chinese Diving Team was originally scheduled to have five stops, and the players' points will be the best three of the five stops. However, due to the epidemic, the Diving World Cup in April and the National Diving Championship in May were not held as scheduled. Therefore, this competition and the three national championships in January and May next year will serve as the final reference for the selection of the Olympic Games.
"We will get the best results in two of the three games. In addition, the results of the Shijiazhuang competition and the two races in January next year will be used as the selection criteria for the World Cup competition in April next year." Zhou Jihong said.
"We have already played three races before, so it can be regarded as a'start from zero'. But the results of those three races still have a certain effect, as the current stage of overall strength and level considerations, comprehensive evaluation reference." Talking about restart The reason for the Olympic selection, Zhou Jihong explained: "We hope to restart the selection to better stimulate the players' state. The athletes have reached a high level before, but after the Olympic Games are postponed, all aspects of the athletes will be affected to a certain extent. The Olympic selection will not be restarted. According to the list selected from the original three races, there may be some impact."
"Affected by the epidemic, we had been closed for eight or nine months before. From today's game, the old players have a lot of experience, and they are not affected by the environment. They perform normally. There are some young athletes who have stronger training capabilities. However, since there has been no competition for nearly a year, the adaptability is still lacking when switching from a small training venue to such a large venue." Zhou Jihong said.
Zhou Jihong said: "There is still one year before the Olympics. Some athletes will have some changes in all aspects of training and competition. I hope they will not relax and continue to cheer. At the same time, there may also be small players and newcomers who will stand up. Their training, The state of the game is easier to mobilize. The Olympic selection is reset, hoping to better motivate old athletes and also mobilize young people.” (End)