(AP) – Around 6,500 athletes who have already gotten their place for the Tokyo Olympics are for 2021 under the qualifications rules redrawn which were published Tuesday by the International Olympic Committee.
The IOC released a re-written roadmap for qualifications for the game, which was rescheduled due to Coronavirus. They will be held July 23 to August 8 next year.
The new deadline for qualifications is 29 June 2021, and the entry list will be due a week later. Individual international sports federations will still be responsible for their qualification procedures.
Many sports allow athletes to qualify by collecting results in a series of matches. The IOC urged the federation to find a balance “between protecting athletes who were almost qualified under the 2020 deadline and also ensuring the best athletes at the Olympics” by considering a performance in 2021.
The IOC announcement confirmed last week’s report that the sport had agreed to let athletes guard the place they had gotten. This clarifies a number of points, including the need for boxing to relax the rules that set the highest age in sports at 40. It also requires sports like gymnastics to decide whether it will allow athletes who will be too young to compete in 2020 to try to qualify for 2021.
The IOC also said “athlete’s health is a guiding principle in scheduling the remaining Olympic qualification events.” This urges the sport not to confirm rescheduling until the impact of COVID-19 can be assessed.
Correspondingly, World Athletics announced it was closing all qualification procedures until 30 November. The new window for qualification will take place from 1 December to 29 June 2021.
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