IOC: No need for ‘drastic decisions’ on Tokyo Olympics, but qualifying procedures will be modified

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In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the International Olympic Committee reiterated Tuesday that it believes there is “no need for any drastic decisions” regarding the viability of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, scheduled to begin July 24.

But it also acknowledged that Olympic qualifying procedures in several sports will be modified — and soon.

In a statement released Tuesday, the IOC said it is working with international sports federations on adjustments to Olympic qualifying processes, which it said will be finalized by the start of April.

Though the qualification procedures vary from sport to sport, the IOC also issued guidelines for all changes — including a reliance upon “on-field results.” Any alterations to Olympic qualification processes must be based upon rankings from the international federation or historical results, it said, and the changes must “reflect, where possible, the existing principles of the respective qualification systems.”

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