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Tokyo 2020: World Athletics suspends qualification period till December 2020

World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe PC-AP

World Athletics has suspended Olympic qualification because of the coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021. On Tuesday they have suspended the qualification period for the Tokyo Olympics until December 2020 following consultation with its Athletes’ Commission, Area Presidents and Council.

“Qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is suspended effective from 6 April 2020 until 30 November 2020 included,” World Athletics said in a statement.

If any standards achieved between now and 1st December then it will not be counted towards qualification for the Tokyo Games. Athletes who have already met the entry standards since the start of the qualification period in 2019 will remain qualified.

“Subject to the global situation returning to normal, the qualification period will resume on 1 December 2020 and continue to the new qualification deadline in 2021 set by the International Olympic Committee. The total qualification period, which started in 2019, will be four months longer than it was originally,” the statement read further.

This pandemic has caused shutdown across many countries and has claimed more that 70k lives. Tokyo Olympic is also postponed to July 2021 due to COVID-19 Pandemic.