By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
World Athletics announces today (Tuesday, April 7, 2020) that the qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games are suspended effective from 6 April 2020 until 30 November 2020 included, following consultation with its Athletes’ Commission, Area Presidents, and Council.
During this period, results achieved at any competition will not be considered for Tokyo 2020 entry standards or world rankings, the publication of which will also be suspended.
Results will continue to be recorded for statistical purposes, including for world records, subject to the applicable conditions. But they will not be used to establish an athlete’s qualification status.
Subject to the global situation returning to normal, the qualification period will resume on December 1, 2020, and continue to the new qualification deadline in 2021 set by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The total qualification period, which started in 2019, will be four months longer than it was originally.
The end of the Olympic qualification periods is 31 May 2021 (for 50km race walk and marathon) and 29 June 2021 for all other events.
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