London, July 28
Olympic qualification for the marathon and street race stroll occasions can re-start from September 1, three months sooner than beforehand introduced, the game’s governing physique World Athletics dominated on Tuesday.
However, qualifying for all different observe and subject occasions at subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Games would stay suspended till November 30 as initially deliberate, it mentioned in a press release.
Qualification was placed on maintain in early April because of the novel coronavirus pandemic which has brought about the Games to be postponed for one 12 months till July-August subsequent 12 months.
World Athletics president Sebastian Coe mentioned the change was wanted for street athletes on account of a scarcity of qualifying alternatives.
“Most of the major marathons have already been cancelled or postponed for the remainder of this year and the evolution of the pandemic makes it difficult to predict if those scheduled for the first half of next year will be able to go ahead,” Coe mentioned.
“That situation, combined with the fact that endurance athletes in the marathon and race walks can only produce a very limited number of high-quality performances a year, would really narrow their qualifying window without this adjustment.”
Organisers of the London Marathon, on account of happen on October 4, had been ready to assist athletes from world wide journey to the occasion obtain an Olympic qualifying time, World Athletics mentioned.
It was additionally working with organisers of the Abu Dhabi marathon, scheduled for December 11, to see if they might supply related alternatives, and hoped there could be no less than two race-walking occasions between September and November. Reuters