Qualification system for the Olympic games in Tokyo
By VANESSA ZAMBOTTI
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Olympics Tokyo 2020

For all judo athletes of the World Judo Tour, the Road to Tokyo started in Hohhot in 2018. You will find below all necessary information to understand the Olympic qualification process, which is now in full swing. In Tokyo there will be 15 events including the mixed team event.

ATHLETES QUOTA

For the first time, the same number of men and women (176) will be qualified for a total of 352 competitors. To this, 14 places (7+7) must be added for the host country, Japan and 20 Tripartite Commission invitation places, which gives a total of 386 athletes who will participate in the Tokyo Games.

The maximum number of athletes per National Olympic Committee will be 7 men and 7 women with maximum 1 athlete per event. The mixed teams will/can only be formed from athletes qualified for individual event.

Type of Allocation of Quota Places

The quota place is allocated to the athlete by name. However, as per the IJF World Ranking List direct qualification method, if an NOC has more than one (1) male athlete ranked in the top 18 of the World Ranking List of 25th May 2020 and/or more than one (1) female athlete ranked in the top 18 of the World Ranking List of 25th May 2020, the NOC can decide which of these athletes will receive the quota place.

ATHLETE ELIGIBILITY

All athletes must comply with the provisions of the Olympic Charter currently in force, including but not limited to, Rule 41 (Nationality of Competitors) and Rule 43 (World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of Manipulation of Competitions). Only those athletes who comply with the Olympic Charter may participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. To be eligible to participate in the Olympic Games, all athletes must be born on or before 31 December 2005.

QUALIFICATION PATHWAY

The IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020 will be used to allocate the 352 qualification places in the hierarchical order of qualification.

Direct Qualification

Men: For each of the seven (7) weight categories, the 18 highest ranked athletes on the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020 will be directly qualified, with a maximum of one (1) athlete per NOC per weight category.

Women: For each of the seven (7) weight categories, the 18 highest ranked athletes on the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020 will be directly qualified, with a maximum of one (1) athlete per NOC per weight category.

Continental Qualification

An additional 100 athletes will be directly qualified as per the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020 based on continental representation and according to the following procedure:

• For each continent and based on the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020, a Continental Ranking List will be created listing all the athletes from the relevant continent across all weight categories and genders according to their World Ranking points.

• Athletes with the highest number of points on the Continental Ranking List will qualify. Maximum one (1) athlete per NOC can qualify through continental qualification across all weight categories and genders.

• If a continent fails to use its full allocation, any remaining quota place will be allocated according to the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020 to the highest ranked athlete not yet qualified, irrespective of the continent, in the respective gender, respecting the maximum quota of one (1) athlete per NOC per event.

HOST COUNTRY PLACES

The Host Country is guaranteed fourteen (14) quota places, one (1) quota place in each Men and Women’s event. As well as participation in mixed team event.

TRIPARTITE COMMISSION INVITATION PLACES

Twenty (20) Tripartite Commission Invitation Places are made available to eligible NOCs at the Olympic Games.

CONFIRMATION PROCESS FOR QUOTA PLACES

By 30 May 2020, IJF will publish the IJF World Ranking List of 25 May 2020 on its website (www.ijf.org) and inform the respective NOCs of their allocated quota places obtained in accordance with the qualification criteria. The NOCs will then have two (2) weeks to confirm if they wish to use these quota places.

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