The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has released Tokyo Olympics qualifications principles according to which allocated quotas will remain valid and International Federations (IF) could extend the age eligibility criteria.
According to the revised rules, the new qualification period deadline is from 29 June 2021 to July 2021. If required, the IF’s could redesign their own qualification process. Also, athletes who have already gained a spot in the Olympic qualification quota can retain their place despite the postponement of the Games due to coronavirus.
The revised principles will help to create a balance between protecting those athletes who were close to qualification and also allowing the best athletes to participate in the games in 2021. In regard with the age limit, IF’s can extend the upper limit for those who meet the requirement in 2020 but not in 2021. Apart from that, they need to review the eligibility for those who do not qualify for the 2020 Games due to lower limit restrictions.
Now, the Tokyo Olympics will happen from 23 July to 8 August 2021 while Paralympics will be held from 24 August to 5 September.
The “Here We Go” Task Force and and the IOC Qualification Task Force have approved a series of amendments to the qualifications principles for #Tokyo2020.
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) April 8, 2020