2020 Tokyo Games qualifiers starts from Doha Worlds
Doha: A total of 196 places will be up for grabs between this year and the spring of 2020, but the first places will be awarded during the 2018 FIG World Championships in Doha, which will host the mega event from October 25-November 3.
Three medal-winning countries in the team competition will also pick up four tickets each to 2020 Tokyo Games (July 24 to August 9).
The qualifying process underwent an in-depth review after the 2014 Rio Games.
There are seven gymnasts from any given country who can qualify for both the men’s and women’s competitions respectively. Yet the maximum is not seven but six in the case of those countries who earn a ticket for the team competition.
The size of the national teams has been reduced to four members, who can take part in both the team and individual events. In addition to these four team members, each country can earn up to two additional places for the individual competition only.
The 2019 Worlds in Stuttgart, Germany (October 4-13) will be the next opportunities for the hopefuls -- nine remaining team places will be awarded along with 12 places for men and 20 for women, which will be decided by the rankings in the All-Around competition. Additionally, the three top gymnasts in each apparatus final in Stuttgart, excluding those from qualified teams, will also book their Olympic ticket.
Meanwhile, the specialists will have another opportunity with the Apparatus World Cup series between November this year and March, 2020.
The four women's and six men's winners on each apparatus - a ranking decided by taking the best three results of each participant in the series - will be Tokyo-bound (on the condition that these gymnasts have not participated in the qualification of their team).
There will be the possibility of gaining extra individual places for the competing countries via the 2020 All-Around World Cup series -- these will be available to the top three countries in this four-stage series running in March and April of that year.
The final qualifying opportunity will come at the continental championships in spring 2020 when there will be two individual places at stake for each of Africa, America, Europe and Asia and one place for Oceania.