The qualification for the Games is the stickiest part of the postponement of 2020 to 2021 Tokyo. How do you qualify without track & field meets? Seb Coe is looking at this and trying to make an honest appraisal of the situation. I hope he speaks to some outside of World Athletics, about meets, and what athletes can do with such restricted training.
The challenges abound….
Coe speaks about qualification for the Games
MONACO (MON): The current qualification procedure for Olympic Games 2021 will be also reviewed. “In athletics the primary qualification avenue is by meeting the entry standards set out in March 2019. Once those places are allocated, the remaining athletes are drawn from the World Ranking list. As of today, all athletes who have met the entry standards for their event will remain qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021. This is approximately 50% of the places. What is important now is that we develop a clear and fair process for the remaining athletes to qualify, given many events have been postponed. We will work with our Athletes’ Commission, our Council and the IOC to do this,” said Sebastian Coe.