World Athletics in a press release has announced the launching of a ‘Road to Tokyo,’ platform, an online tool to help athletes, media, and fans track the qualification process for next year’s Olympic Games.
The platform will facilitate search by discipline, country, and qualification status, and provide a real-time view of each event throughout the Tokyo 2020 qualification period which ends on 29 June 2021
The release noted that “the Tokyo 2020 qualification system already in force was adapted to fit the new dates of the Games, which were postponed in March. The Games will now be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021.”
It also stated that the qualification principles in place would remain the same as athletes can qualify through entry standards and then the World Athletics World Rankings.
It said further that “athletes who have already met the entry standard since the start of the qualification period in 2019 remain qualified and will be eligible for selection by their respective Member Federations and National Olympic Committees, together with the other athletes who will qualify within the extended qualification period.”
World Athletics announced on 7 April that the qualification period (for all events) was suspended from 6 April to 30 November 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which stifled training and robbed athletes of competition opportunities.
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