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  • #16

    The revision has been made to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent finalisation of the new dates of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, replacing the previous version approved by the IOC Executive Board in July 2017.

    The Qualification Principles are the reference for all the qualification systems, which are the regulations established by International Federations (IFs) that vary between each sport (and sports discipline, where applicable).

    The qualification systems consist of rules, procedures and criteria for participation in the competitions of the Olympic Games, in line with the Olympic Charter, and are approved by the IOC Executive Board.

    The key points of the Revised Tokyo 2020 Qualification System Principles are:

    • The new qualification period deadline is 29 June 2021, and IFs can define their own qualification period deadlines should these be prior to this date.
    • The revised final sport entries deadline has now been set at 5 July 2021.
    • The revision of the qualification systems will be finalised as quickly as possible, to give certainty to the athletes and National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

    • Athletes and NOCs that have already obtained an Olympic qualification quota place will retain this despite the postponement of the Games. In all, 57 per cent of the total athlete quota places have already been allocated so far, with approximately 5,000 athlete quota places still to be assigned.
    • In some cases, the qualification quota places are obtained by the NOC and in other cases they are obtained directly by a specific athlete. In all cases, and as per the Olympic Charter, the respective NOC retains the right to select the athletes to represent it at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
    • The priority remains to reflect, where possible, the allocation method/pathway of the original qualification systems for each sport. This principle encourages IFs to follow a like-for-like approach by replacing those lost opportunities for allocating quotas with the same number of events.
    • Regarding the scenario where the quota allocation was originally based on ranking, the IFs retain full discretion to define the new ranking deadline and pathway. The IOC recognises the sensitivity of such decisions. A sport-specific balance needs to be found between protecting those athletes who were close to qualifying based on the previous 2020 deadlines and also ensuring the participation of the best athletes at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 by allowing the top performers of the 2021 season to qualify.

    • In line with the principle that athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 remain qualified, it is possible for IFs to extend the age eligibility criteria, if such exist, and allow athletes who are eligible in 2020 to remain eligible to compete at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 from 23 July to 8 August 2021. The only exception will be if the IF establishes that the one-year relaxation of the upper age limit represents a safety and/or medical risk for athletes.
    • Regarding the eligibility criteria for the lower age limit, if there is one, the IOC recognises the full authority of IFs to assess the eligibility of those athletes who are not eligible in July 2020 but will meet the lower age limit in 2021.

    Athlete health is the guiding principle in the scheduling of any remaining Olympic qualification events. With the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 until 2021, the IOC has urged that any such events be confirmed only once the COVID-19 impacts can be assessed, allowing fair access and appropriate preparation for all competing athletes and teams. Through this period, the IOC is also maximising information and support for athletes through the athlete-focused Athlete 365 platform.:

    The full Tokyo 2020 Qualification System Principles with the latest amendments highlighted in yellow can be found here.
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    • #17
      • Japan Olympics CEO says games could still be in doubt for 2021

      The chief executive of the Tokyo Olympic Games on Friday said that there is no guarantee that the games will take place in 2021 after having been postponed for a year, saying there could still be concerns of a lingering coronavirus.

      An emergency declaration was announced this week in Japan from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to The Associated Press. Active cases in the country have grown to be over 4,500, Johns Hopkins University data reported.

      "I don't think anyone would be able to say if it is going to be possible to get it under control by next July or not," Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said." We're certainly are not in a position to give you a clear answer."

      Last month, the start of the Olympics was postponed to July 23, 2021.

      "We have made the decision to postpone the games by one year," Muto added. "So this means that all we can do is work hard to prepare for the games. We sincerely hope that come next year mankind will manage to overcome the coronavirus crisis."

      Muto said that rather than coming up with alternative plans to having the Olympics in 2021, the country should put forth all effort to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.

      "Mankind should bring together all of its technology and wisdom to work hard so they can develop treatments, medicines, and vaccines," he said.

      He also said there is an added cost for postponing the games slated to occur this year "between $2 billion-$6 billion" but that it is too early to know the exact cost the postponement will bring.

      "Tokyo 2020 has taken out several insurance policies," Muto added. "But whether the postponement of the games qualifies as an event that is covered is not clear yet."

      Muto said the Olympic flame is in the hands of Tokyo 2020 but would not discuss the matter much further, according to the report.

      There are some discussions about bringing the flame on a world tour as a symbol of hope during the battle of the virus, although nothing can be done as of now with current travel bans and restrictions.:
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      • #18

        Masa Takaya, the spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics, said organizers are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. The Paralympics follow on Aug. 24.

        Those dates were set last month by the International Olympic Committee and Japanese officials after the coronavirus pandemic made it clear the Tokyo Games could not be held as scheduled this year.

        The severity of the pandemic and the death toll has raised questions if it will even be feasible to hold the Olympics in just over 15 months.

        IOC President Thomas Bach was asked about the possibility of a postponement in an interview published in the German newspaper Die Welt on Sunday.

        The Olympics draw 11,000 athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and large support staffs from 206 national Olympic committees.

        There are also questions about frozen travel, rebooking hotels, cramming fans into stadiums and arenas, securing venues and the massive costs of rescheduling, which is estimated in Japan at $2 billion-$6 billion.

        Tokyo organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto addressed the issue in a news conference on Friday. He is likely to be asked about it again on Thursday when local organizers and the IOC hold a teleconference with media in Japan.

        The other major question is the cost of the delay, and who pays.

        Tokyo says it is spending $12.6 billion to organize the Olympics. But a Japanese government audit published last year says the costs are twice that much. Of the total spending, $5.6 billion is private money. The rest is from Japanese governments.:

        Japan and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) agreed last month to delay the Tokyo 2020 Games until July 2021, after pressure from athletes and sports federations.

        But in recent days, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread worldwide, there have been questions about whether even a year-long delay will be sufficient.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by S Landreth View Post
          If Japan is able to control the virus by next Summer it still won't won't athletes and their teams / staff to enter the country b/c they may bring the virus, me thinks.

          The games would be held with only local Japanese crowds or no crowds at all I would assume.
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          • #20
            Most likely scenario will be only two countries attending USA and Sweden.
            I visited TC a few times as a guest but had to stop. It is a sickening place. - Aging One


            • #21
              Originally posted by lamphun View Post
              Most likely scenario will be only two countries attending USA and Sweden.
              We can now add Belgium.
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              • #22
                Olympic and Paralympic Committee leadership take pay cuts, warn more to come

                U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) CEO Sarah Hirshland announced Tuesday that she would be taking a 20 percent pay cut, while the rest of the panel's executive team take 10 percent pay cuts, as the USOPC struggles with the loss of revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.

                If the Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed until next summer do happen, the USOPC will get the TV revenue, but it will be a year later than expected.

                Individual sports federation are already feeling the absence of the expected revenue. USA Cycling and USA Track and Field have announced layoffs, while USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. The AP reports that a recent survey shows that combined all of the U.S.'s national governing sports bodies would lose $121 million between February and June.:

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                • #23
                  IOC pledges $800 million in aid to offset losses from Tokyo 2020 postponement

                  The International Olympic Committee has created an $800 million fund to cover increased costs associated with the 12-month postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, providing a starting point for estimating the financial hit the IOC will absorb from the scheduling shift resulting from the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.

                  Of the funds, about $650 million will go to cover operating expenses associated with postponing the games from summer 2020 to summer 2021, which the IOC announced in March, with the remaining $150 million going to individual international sport federations (IFs) and national organizing committees (NOCs) to help cover cash-flow shortages.

                  "This crisis has had a very severe financial effect on the world, on society and on governments, and so of course, also on the Olympic Games," IOC President Thomas Bach said in a conference call Thursday following a remote meeting of the IOC executive board.

                  The $800 million figure represents only the IOC's contribution and does not include the expected losses for the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee and the Japanese government. A previous budget estimate pegged the overall cost to the Tokyo 2020 committee, Japan and the city of Tokyo of hosting the Olympics at $12.6 billion.

                  During Thursday's call, Bach declined to estimate the overall additional cost associated with postponing the Tokyo Games, saying, "We are assessing . . . the respective impact caused by the postponement." Bach also said the IOC would be looking for ways to "reduce the cost while maintaining the spirit of the games and quality of the sports competition."

                  "We want this Olympics to be a frugal games," Bach said.

                  It was unclear what formula or process the IOC would use to distribute the $150 million to IFs and NOCs, or how much could be obtained, for example, by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and its affiliated national governing bodies.

                  With some American NGBs suffering massive revenue losses, USOPC chief executive Sarah Hirshland last month said the organization hoped to complete an "expense reduction plan" by the end of May. Hirshland also took a 20-percent pay cut, while other members of her executive staff took cuts of 10 percent and other employees were offered voluntary buyouts.

                  "What we know today is that we can expect both a significant delay in our revenue and a decline in that amount," the USOPC told NGBs in a memo last month.

                  Since the postponement of the Tokyo Games in March - the first peacetime postponement of an Olympics in history - speculation has persisted that the July-August 2021 dates also could be in jeopardy, as the world's scientific community races to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 300,000 worldwide.

                  Asked Thursday whether staging the Olympics in summer 2021 is dependent upon a vaccine being available, and whether there could be limitations on spectators either way, Bach declined to give direct answers.

                  "We are now working . . . to have these games in a safe environment for all participants," he said. "We are one year and two months from the opening of these postponed Olympic Games. We should not fuel any speculation on any future development.":

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                  • #24
                    Tokyo 2020: No changes to Olympic schedule for delayed 2021 Games

                    Next year's postponed Olympics will have an almost identical schedule to that planned for this year before the Games were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

                    All events will take place a day earlier than planned for 2020, with the opening ceremony scheduled on 23 July 2021.

                    There have been some minor changes to session times but all 42 venues for the Games have been secured.

                    Developers had been due to take ownership of the venues, including the athletes' village in which apartments had already been sold for after the Games.

                    John Coates, the head of the IOC's coordination commission, said securing the venues had been a "massive task".

                    "We are talking about venues in different ownership," he said.

                    "We are talking also of securing the Olympic village which has been constructed by a consortium of 11 different companies, who have agreed to put back the date when will be able to hand over the apartments to the public.":

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                    • #25
                      Japan PM tells U.N. Tokyo is determined to host Olympics next year

                      Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told the United Nations General Assembly on Friday Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 after the games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

                      The Games were originally scheduled for this summer, but were put off for a year in March by the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government.

                      “In the summer of next year, Japan is determined to host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games as proof that humanity has defeated the pandemic,” Suga said in a recorded message.

                      “I will continue to spare no effort in order to welcome you to Games that are safe and secure,” Suga said in his debut speech to the United Nations as Japan’s new leader.

                      Suga became prime minister this month after Shinzo Abe stepped down because of poor health.

                      Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday proposed cutting back the number of staff at next year’s Summer Games and shortening the opening period for training venues, as part of a plan to hold a streamlined event amid the pandemic.

                      Medical experts have warned that the enormous international event could be difficult to hold if the pandemic is not under control by next summer, but Olympic officials insist that the Games will go on. International Olympic Committee vice president John Coates said on Friday “this has to happen,” citing athletes who would be devastated by a cancellation.

                      Enthusiasm for the Games appears to have waned in Japan, with polls over the summer finding just one in four Japanese want to see them happen, and most backing either a further postponement or outright cancellation.

                      Japan has more than 81,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,500 deaths.: -

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                      • #26
                        Tokyo Olympics athletes exempted from 14-day isolation: organisers

                        Athletes arriving in Tokyo for next year’s Olympic Games, postponed from 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be exempt from the 14-day isolation period Japan has imposed on anyone arriving from overseas to help stop the virus spreading.

                        Olympic organisers said on Thursday details still need to be worked out, but measures for athletes are likely to include coronavirus testing within 72 hours before arriving in Japan. But they warned decisions on spectators from overseas have yet to be made, saying a 14-day quarantine was “impossible”.

                        “Athletes, coaches and Games officials that are eligible for the Tokyo Games will be allowed to enter the country, provided significant measures are made before they get to Japan,” Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Officer Toshiro Muto told a news conference.

                        Muto was speaking after a meeting between officials from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the national government and Tokyo 2020 organisers on infection prevention procedures during the Games.

                        He said a decision on foreign spectators would be made next year, depending on pandemic developments. Japan has held several recent test events, including a four-nation gymnastics meet last weekend that was attended by spectators from Japan.

                        “By next spring, we will be coming up with a plan for spectators, including non-Japanese spectators,” he said. “It is impossible to set a 14-day quarantine period for foreign spectators, so tests before and upon arrival are needed.”

                        If fans are allowed into the venues, they may be requested not to shout or chant to reduce the risk of airborne droplets spreading the virus, Muto added.

                        The no-scream guideline has been in place for months at Japan’s professional soccer and baseball stadia.

                        “There is a possibility that spectators may be asked to refrain from shouting or talking loudly,” Muto said, although no decision has been made yet.

                        Muto said he expected details of coronavirus counter-measures to be ironed out during a three-day visit to Japan by International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach next week.:

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                        • #27
                          The Tokyo Olympics look set to go ahead with fans

                          IOC president Thomas Bach arrived in Tokyo this week as a cheerleader for next year's Olympics, saying he's "very confident" the Games will open with fans on July 23, 2021.

                          What he's saying: Bach issued a gentle plea to all competitors to get vaccinated if and when a vaccine is available, and added that a "reasonable number" of fans should be able to attend with or without a vaccine.
                          • Worth noting: Team USA's chief medical officer, Jonathan Finnoff, doesn't think there will be enough time to vaccinate everyone, even if vaccines continue to progress. "You have to think about it as a non-vaccinated Games," he told The Wall Street Journal.

                          The backdrop: Japan has controlled the coronavirus relatively well, with about 1,900 deaths in a country of roughly 125 million. And in recent weeks, sporting events have successfully been held with fans in attendance.
                          • A test gymnastics event was staged in Tokyo last week involving athletes from Japan, China, Russia, and the U.S. About 2,000 fans attended, and outside of competition and training, gymnasts were confined to their hotel rooms.
                          • Baseball games have been held in front of thousands of fans, who are required to wear masks and banned from cheering or shouting.
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