The Spanish football team for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games flew to the Japanese city of Kobe on Tuesday morning, where they will undergo a pre-tournament training camp. They had intended to fly out on Monday morning, but were unable to do so due to a last-minute mechanical problem with the plane.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) explained in a statement that the airline had informed them that, due to safety reasons, it was best to postpone the flight by one day so that they could replace the plane.
After a stop-over in Taskent, the capital city of Uzbekistan, the Spanish squad are due to land in Kansai airport - built on an artificial island - at 2:00 AM CET (10 AM local time) on Wednesday morning.
6 members of the 22-man squad for the upcoming Oylympics also played for the senior squad in the recent European Championship: Unai Simón, Mikel Oyarzabal, Eric García, Dani Olmo, Pedri and Pau Torres.
"We're off to Kobe! Spain's Olympic Squad flies out to Japan for a very special tournament!" was the message posted on the national football team's official social media channels.
"We're all here!", it added, with regards to the late arrivals of the six full-internationals who had represented Spain in Euro 2020. These players joined the team's training camp in Benidorm a couple of days ago.
Excluding the 6 full internationals, Luís de la Fuente's under-21 side had been undergoing a 13-day pre-tournament training camp in Benidorm, which they will now continue in Japan before their first game of the tournament.
They will play a friendly match against Japan on Saturday 17 July at 12:00 PM, and their first group game of the tournament proper will be played on 22 July against Egypt.