The Americas qualifier for the rowing contest at Tokyo 2020 gets underway tomorrow ©Getty Images

The Americas rowing qualifier for Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is set to get underway in Brazilian city  Rio de Janeiro.

Competition had been due to take place last April but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic until January, before it was pushed back once again. 

Rowers will have a chance to earn continental berths at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the men and women's single sculls and lightweight doubles sculls. 

Paralympic places are also set to be available in the men and women's PR1 singles sculls. 

Athletes will compete at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, the venue for the rowing and sprint canoeing contests at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. 

The World Rowing Executive Committee confirmed the qualifier would take place after it verified the preparations of the Organising Committee conformed with the requirements for hosting a regatta during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Qualifiers are to take place at Rio 2016 venue the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon ©Getty Images
Qualifiers are to take place at Rio 2016 venue the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon ©Getty Images 

The Organising Committee has developed a COVID-19 protection plan for the event based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), World Rowing and relevant local public health and medical authorities.

Each team has been asked to form a bubble, which must be maintained from arrival in Rio to departure. 

This includes at the venue, in official transport and in all public areas of the hotel. 

Members of each team bubble must have no or limited contact with those not in their team bubble, and must always follow the measures in the COVID-19 protection plan, including the wearing of masks except while competing or eating meals, social distancing and regular disinfection.

Each participant has also been required to complete a pre-event health questionnaire.

Beginning tomorrow, competition is scheduled to run until Saturday (March 6). 

Brazil has recorded more than 257,000 coronavirus deaths, second only to the United States.