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  1. Tokyo 2020 marathon and race walking courses announced

    The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games --Tokyo 2020-- announced the routes for the marathon races and the 20km and 50km race walking events.

    The courses will pass through the heart of Tokyo-– the world's largest metropolitan area with a population of nearly 35 million-– and take in some of the Japanese capital's most iconic landmarks, providing an unforgettable experience for the athletes, as well as for spectators along the route and TV viewers around the world.


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    The marathon course will take in both modern and traditional districts of the city, starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium and passing symbolic Tokyo landmarks along the way. These will include the Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate") in Asakusa, guarded by the deities of wind and thunder; the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan; Ginza's upmarket Chuo Street; the Zojoji temple, with the landmark Tokyo Tower as a backdrop; and Nihombashi bridge, the historic centre of the Japanese capital. The climax of the Tokyo 2020 marathon race will see the athletes running the final stretch leading to the Olympic Stadium uphill.

    Below, watch a time lapse tour of the marathon course.

    Marathon running in Japan has a long history and proud tradition. The Japanese have truly embraced distance running, and the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world's top six city marathons, now regularly attracts huge crowds of supporters. This year's event drew 300,000 applicants, with nearly 36,000 runners participating and more than one million people cheering on the streets.

    Tokyo 2020 for the IAAF


  2. Swiss firm to open 'hotel ship' during Tokyo Games

    Sunday, May 27, 22:34

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says it has chosen a Switzerland-based shipping company to operate a "hotel ship" during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    The "hotel ship" concept is one of the measures being taken by the central government to address an anticipated accommodation shortage during the sporting events.

    Tokyo city officials say they chose the Japanese arm of the Switzerland-based MSC Cruises to operate a "hotel ship" after inviting public applications.

    Officials say the 65,000-ton cruise ship "MSC Lirica" is expected to be used as a temporary hotel. The mid-size cruiser boasts about 1,000 staterooms and can accommodate up to 2,600 guests.

    The ship will be docked at a pier in Koto Ward. The Tokyo government and the shipping company will discuss details of its operation after signing a memorandum.

    The central government will also allow several other piers on Tokyo Bay to be used for such temporary accommodations.


  3. Qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics: A step-by-step guide



    In the coming months, the qualifying process will begin for the next Olympic Games which will take place in Tokyo from 24 July to 9 August 2020. A total of 324 athlete places for the Gymnastics events will be up for grabs between this year and the spring of 2020. The FIG underlines the events not to be missed on the road to Tokyo and provides videos clarifying the qualifying process.

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    Artistic Gymnastics

    Available places:  98 male gymnasts + 98 female gymnasts 

    The qualifying process underwent an in-depth review after the Rio Games. In theory, there are as many as seven gymnasts from any given country who can qualify for both the men’s and women’s competitions respectively. Yet the maximum is not seven but six in the case of those countries who earn a ticket for the team competition.

    The size of the national teams has been reduced to four members, who can take part in both the team and individual events. In addition to these four team members, each country can earn up to two additional places for the individual competition only. 

    The first places will be awarded in Doha (QAT) at the 2018 World Championships (25 October-3 November), when the three medal-winning countries in the team competition will also pick up four tickets each to Tokyo.

    The 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart (GER), from 4-13 October, are the next opportunities for hopefuls: at the end of the qualification competition, the nine remaining team places will be awarded along with 12 places for men and 20 for women, which will be decided by the rankings in the All-Around competition. Additionally, the three top gymnasts in each apparatus final in Stuttgart, excluding those from qualified teams, will also book their Olympic ticket.

    The specialists will have another opportunity with the Apparatus World Cup series between November 2018 and March 2020. The four women's and six men's winners on each apparatus – a ranking decided by taking the best three results of each participant in the series – will be Tokyo-bound (on the condition that these gymnasts have not participated in the qualification of their team).

    There will be the possibility of gaining extra individual places for the competing countries via the 2020 All-Around World Cup series – these will be available to the top three countries in this four-stage series running in March and April of that year.

    The final qualifying opportunity will come at the continental championships in spring 2020 when there will be two individual places at stake for each of Africa, America, Europe and Asia and one place for Oceania.


    Rhythmic Gymnastics

    Available places: 26 individual gymnasts + 14 groups

    For the groups, the serious business begins with the 2018 World Championships in Sofia (BUL), from 10-16 September, which will see the first three qualifying places in contention. A large part of the places will be allocated in Azerbaijan at the following year’s Worlds, from 16-22 September 2019 in Baku, where there will be 16 places at stake in the individual competition and five for the groups.

    The individual gymnasts will have another opportunity to earn a place for their country in the 2020 World Cup series which will comprise four stages in April – with three places up for grabs.

    The remaining route to Tokyo is via the 2020 continental championships, where there will be one place available in each continent’s individual and group events respectively.



    Available places: 16 male gymnasts + 16 female gymnasts

    Half of the qualifying places will be at stake in the very arena where the Olympics will unfold when Tokyo hosts the World Championships between 28 November and 1 December 2019, with the eight finalists in the individual competition securing a ticket for their country to the Games (albeit with a maximum of one per country).

    The 2019-2020 World Cups will present another opportunity for the highest-ranked participants in this six-stage series to earn a place for their country, while the continental championships in May 2020 will decide more places, one for each continent not yet represented.


    Worth noting…

    As host nation, Japan is allocated a number of protected places, although these will be awarded to other countries if Japan’s athletes fill this quota of places through the qualifying process. There are also a few places reserved for gymnasts from under-represented countries, selected by a tripartite commission for the Olympic movement a few months before the start of the Games. 



  4. Russia qualify for Rugby World Cup after Romania, Belgium and Spain are penalised

    LONDON (Reuters) – Russia have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup after Romania – who had initially secured the slot – Spain and Belgium were docked points for repeatedly using ineligible players during the qualifying competition, World Rugby said on Tuesday.

    After a “remodelling” of the qualification process, Russia emerged top to advance to next year’s tournament in Japan. It will be their second appearance following 2011 in New Zealand when they lost all four pool games.

    Germany, who have never been in a World Cup, now have another chance as they are promoted to face Portugal in a playoff, though the winners face a daunting final step with a two-legged playoff against Samoa.

    The winner on aggregate will qualify for Japan 2019 in Pool A, alongside the hosts, Ireland, Scotland and Russia. The loser will still have a chance of progress via the Repechage competition in November.

    Tuesday’s announcement is the latest twist to a complicated and controversial series of matches as, following an investigation by the independent Judicial and Disputes committee, the three nations were docked five match points for each ineligible player used.

    Belgium were found to have fielded five ineligible players and were docked 30 points along with a suspended fine of 125,000 pounds ($168,988).

    Spain used Mathieu Belie and Bastien Fuster, who have both previously played for France Under-20s, in eight qualification matches, leading to a 40-point deduction and a 50,000 pounds suspended fine.

    Romania had only one ineligible player, Sione Faka’osilea, who previously played for Tonga Sevens. They were given a 100,000 pounds suspended fine and their 30 docked points overturned their World Cup qualification.

    All the decisions are subject to appeal within 14 days and Tuesday’s announcement is unlikely to be the final word.



    Spain’s initial appeal to replay their match against Belgium, when a Romanian referee was in charge and Spain’s shock defeat sent Romania through at their expense, was rejected, despite the sport’s governing body supporting it.

    “Having considered all the evidence, including submissions from World Rugby, Rugby Europe, Spain and Belgium, the independent committee refused the request made by World Rugby and Spain to set aside the result of the match and determined that the match should not be replayed,” the committee said in a statement.

    In reference to the entire investigation, the committee added: “Although mistakes were made by Rugby Europe and participating unions, they had not acted in bad faith. The committee also recommended that World Rugby re-emphasise the importance and sanctity of Regulation 8 (eligibility) and any other steps that will prevent a repeat of these circumstances.”

    The Spanish Rugby Federation said they were very disappointed by the decisions, having sought clearance for Belie and Fuster from their French counterparts, and were considering an appeal.

    “It should be recognised that the (eligibility) rule is confusing and World Rugby should have created a procedure and created a system to avoid these type of undesirable situations from happening,” the federation said in a statement.

    Eligibility for international rugby is a notoriously complicated affair, with countries often nominating their own choice of “capture” level team that ensures a player cannot then switch nationalities.

    Recognising this, the independent committee added in its report: “World Rugby might want to consider whether to maintain a database showing players who have been captured by Unions.”


  5. Turkish Football Federation submits bid book to host UEFA EURO 2024

    A Turkish Football Federation (TFF) delegation has visited UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, to submit their bid book to host UEFA EURO 2024.

    TFF President Yıldırım Demirören handed over the bid documents to UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis at the House of European Football on Thursday.


    The German Football Association (DFB) also officially submitted their bid book to UEFA this week.

    In the upcoming weeks, the UEFA administration will start evaluating the final bid dossiers. During this evaluation phase, bidders may be required by UEFA to elaborate upon and substantiate their bids as described in their bid dossiers. As part of its transparent bidding process UEFA will then prepare a written evaluation report on each bid by September 2018.

    On 27 September 2018, the UEFA Executive Committee will meet in Nyon to vote on who has won the right to host UEFA EURO 2024 in Nyon. The full voting procedure can be found in the UEFA EURO 2024 bid regulations (Annex A).



  6. FIFA keen on expanding World Cup to 48 teams for Qatar 2022


    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — FIFA President Gianni Infantino is keen on hastening the expansion of the World Cup to 48 teams for the 2022 tournament in Qatar, a move that might require the tiny Gulf nation to share games in the region.

    The governing body will now study if Qatar can alone cope with the additional logistical challenges of hosting 16 more teams and 16 more games than originally planned for the Middle East’s first World Cup.

    The jump from 32 to 48 teams was originally only due to apply from the 2026 tournament under plans Infantino secured approval for last year. But he is highly receptive to a request received Thursday from south American confederation CONMEBOL and its 10-member associations to accelerate the expansion plans.

    “It seems to me a very interesting idea,” Infantino said after attending a CONMEBOL meeting in Buenos Aires. “Of course we have to study the feasibility of this proposal. If it’s possible, if it is feasible, if the others agree too, because it is not a decision that only the president of FIFA or CONMEBOL make ... of course we are going to study it.

    “And I really think it is something very interesting. We have to study it seriously and if it is possible, why not?”


    An early expansion would allow FIFA to generate more revenue to replenish the coffers hit by corruption scandals and potentially strengthen Infantino’s position among the 211 membership before seeking re-election next year.

    “I firmly believe as president of FIFA in an enlargement of participating national teams because I am convinced that it is good for the development of football all over the world,” Infantino said. “That is why we have proposed it and that is why we have agreed to it since 2026.”

    Qatar currently has plans to build eight stadiums, whereas bidders for the 48-team 2026 tournament have been told they need 12 venues. Rather than further straining the requirements on Qatar, one option to accommodate the leap from 64 to 80 would be to share games in the Gulf.

    Qatar won the FIFA vote in 2010 with a vision of the World Cup benefiting the Middle East but with all the games in the small desert nation. Hopes of a unifying tournament for the region were eroded when Qatar’s neighbors, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, cut diplomatic ties last year.

    Kuwait, which retains relations with Qatar, could be a co-host after Infantino worked to ensure the country’s suspension from FIFA was lifted in December.

    Qatar World Cup organizing committee secretary general Hassan al-Thawadi has not ruled out the possibility of sharing matches with neighbors.

    “Qatar has always been open to dialogue,” Al Thawadi told The Associated Press in November. “It’s always been open and it’s always supported our brother nations, to the extent that if (sharing the World Cup) was the ultimate goal, all that would have required was a simple conversation.”

    Before being elected FIFA President, Infantino served as general secretary at European governing body UEFA under Michel Platini, who called on Qatar to share games in the region after voting for the country in the contentious hosting vote in 2010.

    The Qatar tournament is already due to operate on a tight 28-day schedule to please club sides after FIFA shifted the event from its usual June-July slot to November-December because of the extreme heat in the desert nation.



  7. 114-day 2020 torch relay eyed, emphasis on 7 prefectures


    The torch relay to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will take around 114 days to reach all of Japan's 47 prefectures, and will place special emphasis on areas affected by the 2011 earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster, sources told Kyodo News on Tuesday.

    Three northeast Japan prefectures hard-hit by the disaster -- Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima -- will be allocated three days each, the sources said. Four prefectures outside of Tokyo hosting Olympic events -- Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka -- will also get three days each in the relay.

    Tokyo will be given 15 days and the other 39 prefectures across Japan two days each, with the total number of days still open to adjustment, the sources said.

    The final framework is expected to be approved at a meeting on April 10 between the 2020 organizing committee, the central and Tokyo metropolitan governments and the National Governors' Association.

    On Tuesday, Yoshiro Mori, president of the organizing committee, called on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his office to brief him on the torch relay plans.

    Speaking to reporters later, Mori said only that draft plans have been created, without divulging any specifics on the total days required or how they will be allocated.

    Organizers hope to announce the route of the torch relay in the summer of 2019. The lighting of the Olympic torch has been a feature of the modern Olympics since the 1928 Amsterdam Games, while the relay was created by Nazi Germany in 1936 for Berlin.




  8. 110,000 volunteers sought for 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics


    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is seeking about 110,000 volunteers to assist in the global extravaganza, it was announced on March 28.

    The draft guidelines state that the application period for those wishing to volunteer will run from mid-September to early December. The organizers will then screen applicants and hold interviews before training the successful candidates. Individuals aged 18 or older as of April 1, 2020, are eligible to apply, but the committee also plans to promote the participation of junior high and high school students by creating a new framework.

    The organizing committee will recruit 80,000 "games volunteers" and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will organize 30,000 "city volunteers." The former will work at events related to facilities such as competition venues and the Olympic village to provide services for spectators, support for event operations and other activities. The latter will provide tourist and transportation information at airports, major train stations, sightseeing areas and around train stations close to competition venues.

    Nine work fields are available for games volunteers, including providing guidance at venues, support for event operations and the media, and serving as drivers. Applicants can choose up to three fields they wish to work in. The games volunteers are expected to work for at least 10 days during the Olympics and Paralympics. The committee is seeking people who are knowledgeable about the games, have experience volunteering or have language skills such as in English.

    The Tokyo Metropolitan Government hopes city volunteers can work for around five hours per day, and are expected to work for at least five days.

    Successful candidates will receive uniforms, food and drink, but those who live outside Tokyo will have to pay their costs of transportation to the capital and accommodation costs.

    Experts with special qualifications, such as doctors, will be sought to volunteer through another system.

    For junior high and high school students, the committee is considering recruiting volunteers to work as ball persons for tennis, polishing basketball courts and to play music for spectators waiting to enter events.


  9. 2026 FIFA World Cup bid books now available 


    In line with the approved timeline for the bidding process of the 2026 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA has received the following bid books, which are available on FIFA.com along with their respective executive summaries:

    Joint submission by the Canadian Soccer Association, the Mexican Football Association and the United States Soccer Federation

    Submission by the Moroccan Football Association

    The 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force will now carry out an assessment process, including visits to the respective member associations. The dates of these visits will be communicated in due course, and the resulting bid evaluation reports, like each step of the bidding process, will be made public.

    “I have been dealing with the evaluation of bids for over 20 years, in several different capacities, and I challenge anyone to point out an organisation that conducts a bidding process as fair, objective and transparent as the one that FIFA is carrying out for the 2026 FIFA World Cup,” says FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

    “FIFA has been heavily criticised for how it conducted the selection of hosts in the past; it was our obligation to learn from this and leave no room for any doubt or subjectivity. This is why the rules of this process have been clear and objective from the beginning, and they include the highest standards in terms of ethical conduct, participation and commitment to sustainability and human rights. In this context, the role of the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force and the principle of ensuring that the bidder(s) retained meet the eligibility criteria to host the biggest single-sport event in the world is a natural consequence of the enhanced process. These are necessary steps to ensure that we never go back to the ‘old ways’.”

    A thorough overview of the bidding process and its key principles is available in the Guide to the Bidding Process for the 2026 FIFA World Cup™.

    Evaluation of bids
    Under the bidding regulations that were approved by the FIFA Council in October 2017, FIFA established a bid evaluation model comprising three components:

    • Bid compliance assessment
    • Overall risk assessment
    • Technical evaluation

    The “technical evaluation” aspect of this bid evaluation model adopts an objective scoring system to rate and attribute a weight to each of the nine infrastructural and revenue-related criteria set out in clause 3.5 of the Bidding Registration, which is appended to the bidding regulations.

    The methodology and application of this scoring system are specified in the document below:

    Following the assessment by the 2026 Bid Evaluation Task Force ­– and provided the FIFA Council submits a designation – the decision on whether to select one of the above bidders to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup will be taken by the 68th FIFA Congress, which will convene in Moscow on 13 June.

    The following document, approved by the FIFA Council on 16 March 2018, provides the details of how the 68th FIFA Congress will vote on the matter:

    “We are now entering a key stage of this bidding procedure and, as we have always made clear, transparency is of paramount importance. This is why every single step is documented and open to the public: from the submission of the bid books through each round of assessment to the decision-making process,” says FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.



  10. WBSC reveals Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifiers for Baseball, Softball


    PARIS — Following the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Executive Meeting held today at the headquarters of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, the WBSC revealed the qualification system for the six-team baseball and softball events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, as approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

    WBSC Members and affiliated National Teams will have the opportunity to qualify for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad exclusively through eight WBSC international tournaments, four for baseball and four for softball.

    “The eight competitions to get into Tokyo 2020 promise to deliver some of the most exciting and meaningful international baseball and softball games ever seen,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “As the biggest sport in Japan, the historic return of Olympic Baseball and Softball is expected to make a major buzz and be a magical experience for the athletes and spectators alike, so we can expect that millions around the world will have their sights set on Tokyo 2020 and do whatever they can to be a part of it.”

    Host nation Japan will be automatically entered into the men’s baseball and women’s softball medal events at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.


    The first opportunity to advance to the Olympic Baseball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be the WBSC flagship Premier12® in November 2019, where two Olympic spots will be awarded. The Premier12’s top finisher from the Americas and the top finisher from Asia/Oceania (excluding Japan) will earn direct entries into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. The Top 12 (“Premier12”) nations in the final 2018 WBSC Baseball World Rankings will compete in this top-tier, elite global battle.

    Africa/Europe Qualifier

    The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.

    Americas Qualifier

    The Americas Olympic qualifier, where the winner will advance to Tokyo 2020, will be an eight-team tournament, bringing together all Americas representatives from the WBSC Premier12 2019 that did not qualify for Tokyo 2020. Currently, there are seven nations from the Americas in the Top 12 (Premier12) of the WBSC Baseball World Rankings. The top finisher(s) from the Pan American Games Lima 2019 would complete the eight-team field.

    Intercontinental Qualifier

    The final Olympic Baseball qualifier will be a six-team world tournament for the last remaining place at Tokyo 2020. Participants will include:

    • 2nd Place finisher from the Africa/Europe Qualifier
    • 2nd and 3rd Place finishers from the Americas Qualifier
    • Top two finishers from the Asian Championship 2019 (not counting nations already qualified for Tokyo 2020)
    • Winner of Oceania Qualifier 2019

    Men’s National Baseball Team Composition

    National Team roster sizes for Olympic Baseball will be 24 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 18 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).



    The first opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Softball medal event at Tokyo 2020 will be this August at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018 in Chiba, Japan. The 1st Place finisher in Chiba will be awarded direct entry into Tokyo 2020 without having to pass through Qualifiers. (Should Japan win the WBSC World Championship in Chiba, the 2nd Place finisher would be granted the Olympic spot.)

    Africa/Europe Qualifier

    The Africa/Europe qualification event will be an eight-team tournament, where the winner will earn a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top six finishers from the European Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the African Softball Championship 2019.

    Americas Qualifier

    The Americas Olympic qualifier will be a maximum 16-team tournament, with the winner and the 2nd Place nation advancing to Tokyo 2020. Eligible nations to compete in this Qualifier will be based on the finals standings of the Pan American Championship 2019.

    Asia/Oceania Qualifier

    The Asia/Oceania Qualifier will be an eight-team tournament, with the winner advancing to Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier (not counting already qualified nations for Tokyo 2020) will be top six finishers from the Asian Softball Championship 2019 and the top two teams from the Oceania Softball Championship 2019.

    Women’s National Softball Team Composition

    National Team roster sizes for Olympic Softball will be 15 athletes, and the athletes must be at least 16 years old (prior to the start of the respective event) to participate in any of the four qualification events as well as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 tournament. Professional players are eligible. Athletes must comply with Olympic Charter Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions).


    Baseball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Softball – Path to Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
    Nov 2019: WBSC Premier12 (2 Qualify) Aug 2018: WBSC Women’s Softball WC (1)
    TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1) TBC: Africa/Europe Qualifier (1)
    TBC: Americas Qualifier (1) TBC: Americas Qualifier (2)
    TBC: Intercontinental Qualifier (1) TBC: Asia/Oceania Qualifier (1)


    WBSC will announce dates, locations/hosts and respective broadcast rights agreements of the Qualifiers in future news releases.



  11. Golf's Olympic format, qualifying process remain the same


    AUSTIN, Texas – Potential Olympic golfers for the 2020 Games in Tokyo were informed on Monday that the qualification process for both the men’s and women’s competitions will remain unchanged.

    According to a memo sent to PGA Tour players, the qualification process begins on July 1, 2018, and will end on June 22, 2020, for the men, with the top 59 players from the Olympic Golf Rankings, which is drawn from the Official World Golf Ranking, earning a spot in Tokyo (the host country is assured a spot in the 60-player field). The women’s qualification process begins on July 8, 2018, and ends on June 29, 2020.

    The format, 72-holes of individual stroke play, for the ’20 Games will also remain unchanged.

    The ’20 Olympics will be held July 24 through Aug. 9, and the men’s competition will be played the week before the women’s event at Kasumigaseki Country Club.




  12. World Archery

    Olympic qualification procedure for Tokyo 2020 released


    The document outlines how the 128 places will be allocated.

    The qualification system for the archery competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has been officially approved by the International Olympic Committee and released by World Archery.

    The document outlines the number of quota places, the events at which they are available, and the deadlines for entries.

    There will be 128 archery competitors – 64 men and 64 women at Tokyo 2020 – with nearly half of the quota available at the main qualifying tournament, the 2019 World Archery Championships.

    Of the 64 places, 59 will be available in competition, three reserved for the host country and two allocated via the tripartite commission.

    The minimum qualifying standard for men is set at 640 points and women at 605 points.

    Some changes have been implemented since Rio following the addition of the mixed team event, bringing archery’s total medal total to five for the first time.

    Tokyo 2020 quota availability

    • 24 places via eight teams - main team competition at the 2019 World Archery Championships
    • 4 places – highest-ranked athletes not qualified via team event at 2019 World Archery Championships
    • 5 places via five mixed teams – mixed team competition at continental Games
    • 3 places – highest-ranked athletes at continental Games
    • 13 places – continental qualification tournaments (4 Europe, 3 Asia, 3 Americas, 2 Africa, 1 Oceania)
    • 9 places via three teams – eligible team competition at the final qualification tournament*
    • 1 place – eligible athletes at final qualification tournament*

    *Reallocation procedures may reassign additional quota to the final qualification tournament.

    The archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will begin on 24 July.



  13. International Olympic Committee and ISA Confirm Qualification Process for Surfing Competition at Tokyo 2020


    The International Surfing Association (ISA) has today welcomed the release by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of the approved qualification system for Surfing’s Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, ensuring the participation of the world’s best professional surfers as well as promoting universal opportunities for surfers from around the world at the Games.

    To view the complete Olympic Qualification System for Surfing in Tokyo 2020, click here.

    The key elements of the qualification system are as follows:

    • 20 men, 20 women.
    • Maximum of 2 surfers per gender per National Olympic Committee (NOC).
    • Qualification spots will be earned on an individual basis, by name.
    • In accordance with IOC guidelines, the qualification events have been determined in hierarchical order of qualification, as further explained below; If two surfers of a gender have qualified through the first hierarchical order, that NOC will not be able to qualify more surfers of that gender through qualifying events lower in hierarchical order.
    • All surfers selected by their respective National Federations for their national teams must participate in 2019 and 2020 ISA World Surfing Games in order to be eligible for Olympic qualification. The final details of the eligibility requirements are still under review by the ISA and the IOC.

    The hierarchical order of qualification will be as follows:

    1. 2019 World Surf League Championship Tour: First 10 eligible men and first 8 eligible women.
    2. 2020 ISA World Surfing Games: First 4 eligible men and first 6 eligible women.
    3. 2019 ISA World Surfing Games: 4 men and 4 women selected based on their continent. Top finishing eligible surfer of each gender from Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania.
    4. 2019 Pan American Games: First eligible man and first eligible woman in the surfing competitions.
    5. Host nation slot: One man and one woman slot will be guaranteed for the host nation of Japan, unless already filled through the above hierarchies. Should athletes from Japan qualify regularly, their slots will be reallocated to the highest ranked eligible surfers from the 2020 World Surfing Games.

    Following a landmark agreement with the World Surf League (WSL) in December 2017, the ISA formulated a proposal to the IOC for the complete qualification system. In the months that ensued, the IOC and ISA worked hand in hand to refine the process to promote universal opportunities for surfers and enable for the world’s best surfers to compete in the Games, arriving at the process that has been announced today.

    Discussing the news, ISA President Fernando Aguerre said:

    “This is another historic moment for the sport of Surfing, and for all of us who have dreamt of our sport’s inclusion in the Olympic Games. The release of the qualification process is a key step on our journey towards Tokyo 2020 and surfers around the world now have a clear path to their Olympic dream. I am excited to see how these incredibly talented athletes perform in qualification with the target of the Olympic podium now within their sight. This process assures true geographical universality, while providing a pathway for participation by the top professionals.

    “Olympic Surfing’s debut at Tokyo 2020 promises to be a unique moment. Together with the IOC and Tokyo 2020 we have pledged to bring Surfing’s vibrant culture and youthful energy to the Games in the form of an Olympic Beach Festival, which will run alongside the competition, and give an exciting dimension to the Olympic Surfing experience.

    “We are delighted to continue to work alongside the IOC and the Tokyo Organising Committee to put together the best conditions for Surfing’s Olympic debut. I wish the many athletes from around the world the best of luck as they embark on this exciting journey through qualification.”






    IOC and IPC to partner until 2032



    Thomas Bach and Andrew Parsons, the respective Presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), today signed a historic long-term agreement establishing a partnership between the two organisations until at least 2032.

    The new agreement builds on the current partnership and cooperation agreements that were signed prior to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    As a result of the new partnership:

    • The IOC will continue to make it obligatory for any host of the Olympic Games also to organise the Paralympic Games.

    • The IOC and IPC will work together to increase the visibility of the Paralympic Games and enhance the Paralympic brand.

    • The two organisations will deepen existing cooperation, specifically on the implementation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement.

    • The agreement will give financial stability to the IPC for at least the next 14 years, from which in turn the whole Paralympic Movement will benefit.

    Thomas Bach, IOC President, said: "Enhancing the cooperation between the Olympic and Paralympic Movement was one of the key recommendations of Olympic Agenda 2020. Therefore, the IOC is pleased to strengthen its substantial support to the IPC and the entire Paralympic Movement because we share so many of the same values and objectives," he added.

    Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: "Strengthening the relationship with the IOC and securing the future of the IPC and the Paralympic Movement was my number-one priority when I was elected as IPC President last September.  Therefore, I am delighted that we have signed a historic long-term new partnership agreement and can now look forward to an exciting future working together.

    "There can be no doubt that the IPC and the Paralympic Movement would not be where it is today without the support and cooperation of the IOC.  Since our first formal agreement signed in 2000, the Paralympic Games and the Movement as a whole have grown beyond all recognition.

    "Both organisations share a passion that sport can change lives and that sport can change the world.  Working together and even closer into a fourth decade will further the impact both of our work has on society.

    "It is fitting that this agreement is signed here in South Korea, as it was in this country that the Olympic and Paralympic Games came together as one sports event in Seoul in 1988.  Thirty years on, we are here in PyeongChang for the biggest Paralympic Winter Games to date featuring a record number of athletes, countries, broadcasters and media."





  15. IPC change Paris 2024 Paralympics dates

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have announced that the dates for the Paris 2024 Summer Paralympic Games have been changed with the event now set to take place from August 28 to September 9.

    The decision by the IPC Governing Board at a meeting here sees the Games in the French capital move from September 4 to 15 so they are now one week earlier than originally proposed.

    The new dates mean the first half of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games will now take place during the school holidays - a move approved by both the IPC and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in a bid to give the Paralympic Games more exposure.

    Last month, it was reported that the Olympic Games would start one week earlier than planned between July 26 and August 11.






    PyeongChang Olympians elect two new members to IOC Athletes’ Commission



    Emma Terho from Finland (ice hockey) and Kikkan Randall from USA (cross-country skiing) have been elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Athletes’ Commission by their fellow Olympians at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

    With a record participation rate of 83.86 per cent, athletes at the Olympic Winter Games made their way to the voting booths in the Athlete365 Space in both the PyeongChang and Gangneung Olympic Villages to cast their votes. Terho was elected with 1,045 votes, followed by Randall with 831 votes.

    For the full list of results, click here. 

    The announcement was made today at the Olympic Village by IOC Executive Board Member and Chair of the Election Committee Nicole Hoevertsz, Swedish IOC Athletes’ Commission member Stefan Holm and IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell. 

    Terho represented Finland at five Olympic Winter Games, winning bronze at Nagano 1998 and Vancouver 2010. Randall, meanwhile, is currently competing in her fifth Winter Games in PyeongChang. Earlier this week, she won the USA's first-ever Olympic gold medal in cross-country skiing, after topping the podium in the team sprint event alongside Jessica Diggins.

    Following approval by the IOC Session, to take place on the last day of the Games, Terho and Randall will become Commission and IOC Members for an eight-year term, representing their fellow Olympians on the IOC Athletes’ Commission, which serves as a link between the athletes and the IOC.

    They will replace current IOC Athletes’ Commission Chair Angela Ruggiero and Adam Pengilly, whose terms are finishing following their election at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010.

    All 2,930 athletes competing in PyeongChang were eligible to vote and had six candidates to choose from representing three continents and five different sports. They were asked to cast votes for two different athletes from two different sports. 





  17. ITF introduces Continental Qualification Places For Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event


    The ITF today announced the introduction of six Continental Qualification places for both the men’s and women’s singles events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Tennis Event. The new qualification places have been approved by the IOC Executive Board as part of the Tokyo 2020 Qualification System for tennis that will be released by the IOC in the coming weeks.


    The 2020 Olympic Tennis Event will once again feature five disciplines: men’s singles and doubles, women’s singles and doubles, and mixed doubles. Each singles draw will comprise 64 players, with a maximum of four players per nation. There will be 56 direct acceptances as at previous Games, and eight ITF places, including the six Continental Qualification places.

    For the first time in Olympic history, players will have a chance to earn their place in the Olympic Tennis Event through success at one of the regional multi-sport games, including the 2018 Asian Games and 2019 African and Pan American Games. In addition, one place will be awarded to the highest ranked man and woman in both Europe and Oceania from a country not yet represented in singles.

    The following will qualify for a Continental Qualification place provided their ranking is within the Top 300 on the singles rankings of 8 June 2020, and provided the quota for that nation has not yet been filled by four direct acceptances:

    ITF President David Haggerty said: “The introduction of Continental Qualification places is a significant and positive change that we believe will help strengthen participation in these important regional games, and will provide opportunities for additional nations to contest the Olympic Tennis Event. This initiative forms part of our commitment under the ITF2024 strategy to secure mutually beneficial partnerships, and we look forward to working with our Regional Associations to ensure successful implementation.”

    Tennis was a part of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The first woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport was tennis player Charlotte Cooper (GBR) at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. After the 1924 Paris Games, tennis withdrew from the Olympics but returned as a demonstration event at 1984 Los Angeles and as a full medal sport at 1988 Seoul. Fifty-six nations took part in the Rio 2016 Olympic Tennis Event, with Andy Murray (GBR) and Monica Puig (PUR) winning the singles gold medals.



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