Italy’s Leo Fioravanti Replaces South Africa’s Jordy Smith in Tokyo 2020 Games

July 2nd, 2021
Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti will become the lone Italian surfer to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games. Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The International Surfing Association (ISA) today confirms that Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti will replace South Africa’s Jordy Smith when Surfing makes its Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The ISA received official notice from Surfing South Africa that Smith will be unable to participate in Tokyo 2020 due to injury.

As per the Tokyo 2020 Alternates list published by the ISA, Fioravanti is the next eligible surfer to replace Smith via the qualification event from which Smith qualified: the 2019 WSL Championship Tour (CT).

The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has accepted the qualification slot for Fioravanti, finalizing the process.

Fioravanti placed 31st on the 2019 WSL CT and recently represented his country at the 2021 Surf City El Salvador ISA World Surfing Games where he earned an equal 19th place.

The updated list of qualified Olympic surfers can be found here.

The window for the Olympic Surfing competition will run from July 25 – August 1, with the competition being held in the Chiba prefecture of Japan at Tsurigasaki Beach.

Learn more at isasurf.org. The updated list of Tokyo 2020 Alternates will be released soon.

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