International Olympic Committee sets June 29, 2021, as new deadline for Tokyo Olympics qualification

Ross Houston
April 6, 2020

After their initial reluctance, the International Olympic Committee and Tokyo Games orgainsers were forced to bow before the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reschedule the 2020 Tokyo Games to 2021.

This was after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) revised the qualification deadline for the Olympiad after the Games were postponed until 2021 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The IOC has guaranteed athletes who had secured a spot at the Games will keep their places at the rescheduled event.

But the four-time Olympic gold medallist backed the postponement and was adamant it would not affect his ability to compete.

"We are looking really on the bright side of things when it comes to this opportunity to have a back-to-back games of the Olympiad and Olympic Winter Games", he added. "In a way obviously it's disappointing it has been cancelled but I am glad it has been cancelled", Farah told Talksport radio on Friday.

The World Games showcase over 30 sports, the majority of which are not on the Olympic program such as squash, kickboxing and bowling.

"The new dates for both games mean we are faced with a special situation", a Beijing 2022 official said. "I just kind of sat there - I cried - but ultimately it was the right decision".

Simone Biles has spoken of her fears of the mental toll on athletes as they ponder an extra year of preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

"At the moment, nobody is thinking about that".

"I was actually in the gym training at the time because we were allowed under 10 people. and I went to the locker and between rotations and I got a text", she said. "It's your whole entire body, it's not just your legs or your feet or your arms, we have to make sure your whole body is in check". It is a hard situation for everyone and particularly for the older people, the more vulnerable.

"As humankind now finds itself in a dark tunnel, together with our Japanese partners and friends we want to make these Olympic Games a light at the end of this tunnel", he added. We just have to get through this.

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