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On Friday, October 2, the IFSC Executive Board held a meeting to address the remaining four Continental Championships, which were to qualify eight additional athletes for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Executive Board unanimously decided the following:
- The Qualification calendar approved by the IOC in April 2020 shall not be modified. The schedule is:
- IFSC Europe – Continental Championships Moscow, Russia – Nov. 20-29
- IFSC Africa – Continental Championships – Dec. 10-13
- IFSC China – Continental Championships Xiamen, China – Dec. 10-13
- IFSC Oceania – Continental Championships Sydney, Australia – Dec. 19-20
- If the continental qualifying events cannot be held due to COVID-19, the remaining Olympic spots will be reallocated through the ranking of the 2019 IFSC Climbing World Championships in Hachioji, Japan. Based on ranking, the athletes that would qualify are:
- Europe: Jernej Kruder (SLO) and Ievgeniia Kazbekova (UKR)
- Africa: Carlin Curtis (RSA) and Rachelle de Charmoy (RSA)
- China: Jongwon Chon (KOR) and Chaehyun Seo (KOR)
- Oceania: Campbell Harrison (AUS) and Oceania MacKenzie (AUS)
- Continental councils and Event Organisers will put in place all necessary measures and protocols to guarantee the health and safety of all the athletes, delegations, officials and partiers involved.
- The IFSC will keep in close contact with the Event Organisers and the local authorities to ensure that the host country does not impose travel and access restrictions preventing the participation of any delegation
Feature image by Eddie Fowke of Ievgeniia Kazbekova (UKR)