In a massive relief to players who have already booked quota places for Tokyo 2020 will also be qualified for next year’s rescheduled Olympics, Agence France-Presse has reported.
The decision was made at a teleconference between the International Olympic Committee and 32 international sports federations on Thursday.
More than half of the 11,000 scheduled athlete participants at Tokyo 2020 had qualified by the time the Games were postponed. Some sports, such as wrestling, boxing, had the majority of their qualifying tournaments interrupted. Others were less affected – 90 per cent of sailing competitors were qualified, for example.
“Thomas Bach (the IOC president) first explained the reasons for the postponement of the Games, then said that the athletes qualified for Tokyo 2020 would automatically be qualified for 2021,” one of the participants in the call told AFP.