Tokyo Olympics: Gymnastics qualifying shaken up by cancellation of World Cup occasions

Tokyo Olympics: Gymnastics qualifying shaken up by cancellation of World Cup occasions

The Worldwide Gymnastics Federation mentioned it was cancelling its all-around World Cup collection of occasions due to the pandemic.

Tokyo Olympics: Gymnastics qualifying shaken up by cancellation of World Cup events

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Lausanne: The US, Russia and China had been every given an additional entry to the Olympic ladies’s gymnastics competitors in Tokyo on Wednesday after the coronavirus pandemic pressured a shake-up in qualifying.

The Worldwide Gymnastics Federation mentioned it was cancelling its all-around World Cup collection of occasions due to the pandemic.

These occasions had been supposed to supply nations one additional spot for the postponed Tokyo Video games, serving to the highest nations to compensate after Olympic groups had been contracted from 5 athletes to 4.

FIG goes again to 2019 world championship outcomes to find out these locations. Meaning the US, Russia and China get one additional ladies’s spot every, and that Russia, China and Japan every obtain an additional males’s spot. All of these nations had already certified a four-person staff for the boys’s and ladies’s competitions.

Of the 4 deliberate all-around World Cup occasions, just one has taken place, in Milwaukee final yr. Occasions in Germany and Britain had been cancelled, leaving the collection under the minimal variety of three occasions required to be a legitimate Olympic qualifier.

“Regardless of the organizers’ finest efforts, the reinforcement of entry bans in Europe in current weeks has drastically decreased the flexibility of overseas athletes to participate in occasions within the continent,” FIG mentioned in a press release.

Regardless of that setback, FIG mentioned it can proceed with plans to supply Olympic spots via different World Cup occasions specializing in the person equipment occasions and thru continental championships.

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