World Athletics suspends Olympic qualification period


Among the other proposals on the table for the IOC were possibly canceling the Games altogether (unlikely), or pushing all future Olympic events back a year.

The four-time Olympic champion broke her silence on the year-long postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, appearing on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday morning.

Some rescheduled events are currently set to fall within the window of suspension, meaning that results recorded at races such as the Virgin Money London Marathon, which is now due to take place on October 4 rather than April 26, will not count for Olympic qualification purposes.

Thomas Bach has thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his vast support to the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed to July 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As per the revised schedule announced by the International Olympic Committee, the Tokyo Olympics will now be held from July 23 to August 8, exactly a year after the global sporting event was originally scheduled. "Where athletes have not completed the entire qualification process, the next steps will depend on actions taken by International Federations and the IOC regarding international qualification systems", Sullivan said.

"The new qualification period deadline is June 29, 2021 and IFs can define their own qualification period deadlines should the deadline be prior to this date", said the IOC in a letter addressed to the National Olympic Committees (NOC).

On March 30th, 2020, the organising committee, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan via a telephone conference meeting, agreed on the new dates for the games in 2021.

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"It would have been a massive risk if they'd tried to continue and gambled on the virus clearing away in time for the games".

"Postponing the Games represents a big challenge".

However, the postponement of the games until 2021 could lead to freezing of all payments. In a statement Federation Internationale de Football Association wrote that "new dates will be identified".

The postponement of Birmingham's World Games means that there will now be two major "Birmingham 2022" events taking place that year, with the English city of the same name due to stage the Commonwealth Games from July 27 to August 7. The IOC also announced that any individual or team that's already qualified will retain that status for the new dates.

The 23-year-old told the outlet that she "was ready after three months to be done" and having to wait another year is "a lot for elite athletes".

Earlier this week, the Beijing organizers said their preparations for 2022 were on schedule and they had no plans to delay events.