Road to Tokyo: New Qualification Timelines

As you all know Tokyo 2020 has been postponed by an year due to the Corona Virus Pandemic. This has also impacted the qualification system for Tokyo Olympics.

Now various sports federations along with IOC have come up with new qualification timelines. So here is look at what new qualification systems look for various sports…

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All ranking points earned at tournaments completed during the original Olympic qualification period will be maintained under the Race to Tokyo ranking list. An extended Olympic qualification period has been introduced from Week 1-17 in 2021 and it will includes the select number of tournaments that were postponed, cancelled or suspended due to COVID-19. No tournaments to be held in rest of 2020 will count towards Olympic qualification.

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Two major qualification events are still yet to take place in Wrestling. The Asian qualification event will now take place in March 2021 and subsequently World qualification event will take place in April 2021.

Indians in contention: India has achieved only 4 quotas till now. India is still in contention to get a quota in 14 weight categories.


From an Indian perspective, we can only get a quota through World Ranking now. As per the updated system for allocating ranking quota, ranking Quota places will be given as per World Ranking on 31st March, 2020 plus points earned at 1 ISSF World Cup to be held in March-April of 2021.

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From an Indian perspective, only 1 qualification event is left – World Qualification event which is supposed to be held in Paris. The new dates for this event is yet to be announced.

Indians in contention: India has already achieved a record 9 Olympic quotas in Boxing. India can still get a quota in 5 weight categories in World qualification event.


The World Athletics association has revised the timeline for Tokyo Olympics Qualification. The qualification period for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is suspended effective from 6 April 2020 until 30 November 2020. Subject to the global situation returning to normal, the qualification period will resume on 1 December 2020 and continue to the new qualification deadline in 2021.

Here is the new timeline:

EventsEntry standards periodWorld rankings period
Marathon, 50km race walk1 January 2019 – 5 April 2020
1 December 2020 – 31 May 2021 21 months
1 December 2018 – 5 April 2020
1 December 2020 – 31 May 2021 22 months
10,000m, 20km race walk, combined events1 January 2019 – 5 April 2020
1 December 2020 – 29 June 2021 22 months
1 January 2019 – 5 April 2020
1 December 2020 – 29 June 2021 22 months
All other events1 May 2019 – 5 April 2020
1 December 2020 – 29 June 2021 18 months
30 June 2019 – 5 April 2020
1 December 2020 – 29 June 2021 16 months

Indians in contention: India currently has achieved 5 quotas through qualification standard. Lots of Indians are still in contention though ranking route.

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From an Indian perspective, only 1 event is left – World qualification event. Both team and individual quotas will be available through that event. It will be held between 18-21 June, 2021 in Paris.

Indians in contention: India already has a team quota in Men’s team event which means 3 individual quotas as well for Men. India has one individual quota in Women’s event and will be looking to secure women’s team quota next year.

We will keep updating this article as and when other sports declare new timeline….

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