By Oluwole Francis
International Olympic Committee (IOC) has extended the qualifications deadline for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics till June 2021
The extension came after the Olympic Games earlier billed for July-August 2020 was postponed until 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In its qualification system principles updated following confirmation of the new dates for the Games, the IOC said the qualification period would end on June 29, 2021.
The date is exactly a week before the final entry deadline of July 5, 18 days before the Olympics are due to open on July 23.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is scheduled to hold from. July 23rd to August 8, 2021.
“We understand that at this time these are unlikely to include the full details on the dates and locations of the specified events, recognising that these will follow later as the impacts of COVID-19 and its related restrictions become clearer,” the IOC said in the letter.
“We aim to finalise the adapted qualification systems by mid-April, with the details on specific events to follow when available.”
The IOC has also told International Federations to use their original qualification systems where possible after numerous events had been cancelled or postponed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.