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Gymnastics body plans to change Olympic qualifying rules

International gymnastics federation plans new qualifying rules for 2020 Olympics

Gymnastics body plans to change Olympic qualifying rules

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Gymnastics Federation wants to change Olympic qualification rules to help more countries compete and promote second-tier championships.

FIG says its ruling council will vote this week on cutting artistic gymnastics team sizes from five to four at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Teams of six competed at the 2008 Games.

The governing body's proposal "would open up 12 spaces for men and 12 for women" within an IOC-imposed quota.

Those places could be won by event specialists from stronger nations -- which could earn two more entries -- and smaller countries unlikely to qualify for the team event. A total of 58 countries competed at the 2012 London Games.

FIG says qualification would include continental events and its World Cup series "to bring more prestige to the smaller championships."

Updated : 2021-09-16 18:13 GMT+08:00