The Tokyo Olympics will only take place around 2021. Photo: kyodo / TEH (Image: TEH)                             (Photo: kyodo / TEH)

Lausanne – The qualification for the one-year postponement of the Olympic Games in Tokyo runs until June 29, 2021. This new deadline was announced by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The cause of the extension is the global corona pandemic. Most athletes can currently only train to a limited extent, qualification competitions are not possible at all.

The international Olympic summer sports associations can set their deadlines for the qualification if they are before the date announced by the IOC. The deadline for the final submission of the nominated athletes ends on July 5, 2021. The revision of the qualification systems will be completed as soon as possible, the IOC announced to give the athletes and the National Olympic Committees security.

Athletes and NOKs who have already received an Olympic qualification quota will keep it despite the postponement of the games. A total of 57 percent of the total athlete quota places have already been allocated – 5000 starting positions have not yet been filled.

The 2021 Olympic Games in Japan’s metropolis begin on July 23, almost a year later than planned. The IOC, the city of Tokyo and the Japanese state had agreed on this. The games were originally scheduled to open on July 24 this year and end on August 9.

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Kiranpreet Kaur
Staff writer at The Eastern Herald. Studied political science.