Union Americana de Natación, an international governing body in the Western Hemisphere for amateur aquatics, has announced that Orlando Health National Training Center in Clermont, Florida, will host the FINA-sanctioned 2021 UANA Tokyo Olympics Swimming Qualifier.
The event will be staged April 29 – May 2, 2021, in partnership with Azura Aquatics, Montverde Aquatic Club, Lake County, Orlando Health National Training Center and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission.
“The UANA Tokyo Qualifier is a significant opportunity for swimmers throughout the world to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Dale Neuberger, FINA vice president. “With athletes from close to 50 countries competing, the state of Florida has established itself as an important and desirable location for international competition.”
This event will provide a chance for Olympians and Olympic hopefuls to qualify for the Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo as well as the 2021 Junior Pan American Games scheduled to be held in Cali, Colombia, in September.
“I am extremely pleased with the event that UANA, together with Azura, Montverde, Orlando Health National Training Center and the Greater Orlando Sports Commission, is putting together in a very short time,” said UANA President Maureen Croes. “Organization of any sporting event during the pandemic is very challenging and requires more attention to details to ensure our athletes and coaches are able to do what they do best safely. I am grateful to all involved, as cooperation and willingness to support has been beyond my wildest dreams.”
The event will not allow spectators but will be broadcast on a live stream. More information on that stream can be found at UANA-Aquatics.com.
“On behalf of our partners at Visit Lake, Montverde Academy, and Orlando Health National Training Center, we are honored to welcome the 2021 UANA Tokyo Olympics Swimming Qualifier to our community,” said Jason Siegel, president and CEO of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission. “We are thrilled to host and support these Olympians and Olympic hopefuls on their journey to compete for gold. The National Training Center will provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere, and we are confident the athletes and coaches will have a wonderful experience in Lake County.”