gymnasts qualifying for Tokyo Olympics

International Gymnastics magazine posted a summary of how Artistic gymnasts will be invited to the 2020 Olympics.

It’s a condensed version of this FIG document.

The_official_logo_of_Tokyo_2020_Olympic_GamesThe main criticism online so far is a reduction of team size from 5 in Rio to 4 in Tokyo.

On the other hand, some top teams like USA will most likely have 6 women in Tokyo rather than only 5 in Rio. The additional two could qualify as specialists. UPDATE – Cordelia clarifies that up to two additional could qualify as specialists or in the AA.

Under the new system Iordache (for example) would already have qualified to Olympics based on her top 3 finish at Worlds 2015. That’s an improvement.

World Cups will be improved. And Continental Championships will become much more important. When is the North American Continental Championships, by the way? 🙂 UPDATE – Cordelia believes the PAGU (Pan Am) Championships will be used for all of the Americas.

Specialists may decide to stay longer in the sport. Berki, for example, might continue to 2020.

It looks like the Olympic Test Event will no longer qualify any competitor. It will be strictly a rehearsal for the Organizing Committee.

Overall the new system looks like an improvement to me. Leave a comment if you foresee unintended negative consequences.

One thing everyone can agree upon is that Artistic Gymnastics should have more spots at the Olympics. It’s one of their highlight sports. I doubt that will happen until some of the Summer Olympic sports are moved to the Winter Olympics to better balance the two.

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  1. Pan American Championships are the Continental Championships for all the Americas. There are 4 continental gymnastics unions: UEG(Europe),PAGU(Pan Am),AGU(Asian),UAG(Africa). Each currently holds continental championships on individualized schedules. (E.g. PAGU holds apparatus only year after Olympics, open championship the 2nd year after Olympics (qualifier for Pan Am Games), and the Pan Am Games the year before the next Olympics). The Pan Am Championships in the Olympic year would be new. Oceania is yet to be established but is in the process of achieving recognition. They need 5 federations to be recognized. They are working on getting approved, in addition to AUS & NZL: Fiji, Cook Islands,Guam,American Samoa. When they reach 5 total they can get certified as a continental union. I believe Guam and Fiji have already submitted applications for recognition by FIG. The two additional gymnasts that can qualify to the 2020 Olympics for federations that have already qualified a team are individuals who are not necessarily. specialists. The word specialist is not used in the documentation to describe these gymnasts. Two of the three competitions (other than Worlds) are All-around competitions such that the gymnasts who will qualify those additional spots will have to be all-arounders. Once the spot has been earned by a federation, the federation can send any gymnast of their choice who will be qualified to do the AA at the Olympics. Those two competitions are the Continental Championships (top 2 AAers earn their federation a spot) and the All-around World Cups (Top 3 federations in point count at the end of the series earn their federation another spot). Only the 12 countries that have qualified for the Olympics at 2018/2019 Worlds will be invited to the AA World Cups. Since the US already goes to Pan American Championships and World Cups, I anticipate for WAG that will be the way they qualify two additional gymnasts. To qualify a specialist as one of the two additional spots, a gymnast has to win the Apparatus World Cup series on the specific apparatus by accumulating the most points over the series. In both cases, AA and apparatus, the series will be 8 competitions long but the federation or gymnasts points accumulate from their 3 or 4 top scores over the course of the series.


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