LAUSANNE: With six months to go to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, athletes are back on stage. Over the last few weeks, international events have been organised in 25 Olympic sports, while 10 International Federations have restarted Olympic qualifications.
As a result:
61 per cent of the athlete quota places have already been allocated;
25 per cent will be assigned during the remaining qualification period, which will run until 29 June;
the final 14 per cent of athletes will be selected through rankings as per the respective qualification system for each sport.
Following the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the qualification principles were revised and approved last year by the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Qualification Task Force, as part of the work of the “Here We Go” Task Force.
Five sports and disciplines have already completed their qualification process: Cycling Road, Cycling Track, equestrian, hockey and volleyball.
QUALIFYING AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS RESUME
From 11 to 14 January, a qualifying Grand Slam Tournament for judo was held in Doha, with 398 judokas from 69 participating nations and five continents participating.
On 17 January, water polo qualifiers resumed in Trieste (Italy), under strict health measures, with the Hungarian and Dutch women’s teams earning the last places available for Tokyo 2020.
Judo and water polo followed the example of many other sports, including tennis and golf, which are also among the 10 sports/disciplines for which Olympic qualification has restarted since the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Qualification events continue to take place in compliance with the local health authorities and regulations as well as ensuring that the health and safety of all participants is safeguarded.
In addition to Tokyo 2020 qualification events, international events in 25 Olympic sports are currently under way or scheduled in the coming weeks.
One of them is the 27th International Handball Federation Men’s World Championships in Egypt, with the final being scheduled on 31 January. Other World Championships are scheduled from February to July 2021, including for track cycling, baseball, sailing, triathlon, fencing, sailing, gymnastics, surfing, shooting, modern pentathlon, table tennis and canoe.
WINTER SPORTS ALSO BACK UP AS BEIJING 2022 PREPARES TO MARK ONE YEAR TO GO
Sport is back up, not only in summer disciplines. With One Year to Go to Beijing 2022 to be celebrated in a few days on 4 February, winter sports events have also resumed. Qualification events of 11 out of 15 Olympic disciplines have restarted, with 17 per cent of athlete quota places allocated to date.
Additionally, international events in 13 out of 15 winter sports disciplines that will be part of the Beijing 2022 Olympic sports programme have also resumed.