The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have approved the revised qualification systems for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.
Taking the postponement of the Games into consideration and the impossibility for athletes to compete currently due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the following modifications are proposed to the Athletes Eligibility section:
- Introduction of a new concept: “Confirmation Result” for the three disciplines only for those Athlete/Horse combinations that had achieved the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) during the period 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. This has been introduced to ensure that all Athlete/Horse combinations that will compete at the rescheduled Olympic Games have achieved an appropriate result during a reasonable period of time before the Olympic Games;
- Rescheduling the MER Deadline to 21 June 2021 (three weeks later than the corresponding deadline in 2020) to maximise opportunities for Athlete/Horse combinations (including new combinations) to obtain the MER.
- 21 June 2021 has been set as the deadline for Athlete/Horse combinations to achieve the Confirmation Result (where applicable).
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualification systems are available on the FEI website here and the IOC has also provided the Equestrian qualification systems to the National Olympic Committees.
Taking the postponement of the Games into consideration and the fact that a 1 January 2018 start date for the qualification period would mean the window for qualification would be more than three years (longer than we normally have for Games and FEI Championships), the following modifications are proposed to the Athletes Eligibility section:
- Revising the revised start date to 1 January 2019 and extending the deadline to 5 July 2021 to ensure that all Nations get sufficient chances to achieve the MERs and that all Nations have access to Events despite the current issues due to Covid 19.
We are awaiting IOC and IPC approval for the Olympic and Paralympic Regulations and these will then be submitted to the FEI Board for final approval at its meeting next month (23-25 June). National Federations will be notified immediately afterwards and the Olympic and Paralympic Regulations will also be published on the FEI website.