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Athletics
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
World Athletics - Strategic Plan & Olympic Qualifying Process
With the reopening of its headquarters this week, World Athletics has taken the opportunity to discuss with its 214 Member Federations its new Strategic Plan to drive growth, the latest medical advice on the coronavirus pandemic, particularly as it impacts on athletes returning to training and competition, and the updated Olympic qualifying process for Tokyo next year.

Strategic Plan

The key elements of the strategic plan are:

Vision

To use the power and accessibility of athletics and our athletes to create a healthier and fitter world.

Mission

Grow the sport and make it relevant in people’s lives and the lives of their communities.
Inspire by creating globally appealing and accessible competitions, events, and activities so our talented athletes can entertain and inspire the world.
Lead by being the best example of a well-governed sports federation taking brave leadership decisions and valuing partnerships that deliver athletics around the world.

We will grow athletics, by doing the things we do already even better through an on-going programme of continuous improvement and by delivering new and exciting initiatives and programmes with a focus on four priority goals.

Participation and Events

Deliver more events at every level of the sport. From more world-class athletics competitions in all continents at national, regional and international level, through to ensuring there are opportunities for children to try our sport wherever they live and campaigns for more people to get active through running.

Olympic Qualification System

Further to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the qualification system in force has been adapted accordingly.

Download the updated Olympic qualifying system: English | French

Key Elements

Qualification principles remain unchanged: qualification through entry standards (which also remain unchanged) and then world rankings
Athletes who have already met the entry standard since the start of the qualification period in 2019 remain qualified with other athletes to qualify within the extended qualification period

Suspended qualification period (for all events) 6 April to 30 November 2020

Amendments to the qualification system listed below

Age requirements have been adapted to reflect new date:

Senior athletes born in 2001 or earlier
Junior (U20) athletes born in 2002 or 2003
Youth (U18) athletes born in 2004 and 2005
Athletes younger than 16 born in 2006 or later

Click Here to see the Full Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Updated Qualifying System

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