Judo qualifiers scrapped over coronavirus fears


International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games Executive Director, Swiss Christophe Dubi gestures during a press ...
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Games Executive Director, Swiss Christophe Dubi gestures during a press conference during an IOC executive meeting on December 6, 2017 in Lausanne. The International Olympic Committee meets to decide whether to bar Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping violations, in one of the weightiest decisions ever faced by the Olympic movement. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI

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  • The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted several other qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 and sparked worries the Games could be delayed or cancelled outright. The Summer Olympics are scheduled from July 24 to Aug. 9.

The International Judo Federation has cancelled all Olympic qualification events through to the end of April because of the global coronavirus epidemic, saying it was of utmost importance to keep athletes safe as travel has become increasingly risky.

All qualifiers up to April 30, including the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam in Russia and the Grand Prix events in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in Antalya, Turkey, have been cancelled, the federation said in a statement.

“Unfortunately the situation is now dangerous and critical from many points of view,” the federation said.

“It is of paramount importance to keep the judo family safe in these difficult times, and also to ensure fair chances for all athletes engaged in the Olympic qualification.”

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted several other qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 and sparked worries the Games could be delayed or cancelled outright. The Summer Olympics are scheduled from July 24 to Aug. 9.

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