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Source: PTI

The International Olympic Committee(IOC) had set June 29, 2021 as the new deadline for the qualification period of the Tokyo Olympics last month, which has been rescheduled to next year in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

It has asked all international federations to finalise the dates of the Tokyo Games qualifiers and help draft contingency plans in advance for all eventualities, including potential cancellations, amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The IOC said in a communication dated May 15, “As some event dates and locations remain to be determined due to uncertainty over IF (international federations) calendars, we thank you in advance to keep us informed once events, dates and locations start to be confirmed so that these can be included in the qualification systems as soon as possible.”

“With the revised qualification systems in place, the IOC Sport Operations Managers will continue to collaborate closely with you to work on potential contingency plans should the nominated Olympic qualification events not be able to take place.”

The IOC is hoping that the plans would be drawn up by July.

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