After memorable surfing championships, focus goes to Olympics

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The first Olympics to include surfing was a big topic of discussion for surfers competing at the ISA World Surfing Games, but will the Olympics go forward?
The wait is over for Yolanda Sequeira, who finished second Sunday in the ISA World Surfing Games, grabbing one of the final seven women's berths in this first-ever Olympic surfing competition.

Now another one begins as Sequeira waits to find out whether the Tokyo Games, the first to include surfing, will go forward next month. The Olympics, originally scheduled for 2020, were postponed a year by COVID-19, and now, with much of Japan under a state of emergency because of the pandemic, the delayed Games are again in doubt less than seven weeks from the Opening Ceremony.

"It is not fair, but we're living in a weird world," said Sequeira, 23, who competes for her father's native Portugal but speaks English with a heavy accent she picked up from her British mother. "I just hope everything starts going back to normal and we can learn how to live with this problem we have."

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