Olympic Athletes Age – level 3
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced revised qualifications for the Tokyo Games, after the event was rescheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tokyo Games will be held in Summer 2021, and athletes will be able to keep their spot if they have already qualified for the 2020 Olympics. According to media, this applies to around 6,500 athletes.
The IOC will let sports federations decide whether to extend the upper age limit for competitors who will be too old to compete. Similarly, sports federations will decide if athletes who are slightly too young for the 2020 Olympics can compete next year.
The IOC said that the health of the athletes is the key principle in the scheduling of any remaining Olympic qualification events. Federations should ensure fair access and appropriate preparation for all competing athletes and teams.
Difficult words: reschedule (to change the time of a planned event), sports federation (an organization that brings together all sports groups and players, and that plans competitions and qualifications), principle (a moral rule).
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