Three sports can qualify for Olympics through national competitions
February 10, 2021 12:40 pm
Team Fiji Chef-de-Mission Patrick Bower.
There’s good news for our local athletes as three sports can now qualify for the Olympic Games through their national competitions.
Team Fiji Chef-de-Mission Patrick Bower says swimming, athletics and archery will be able to use their national meets as qualifying events.
Bower says due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, most athletes are not able to travel for qualifying tournaments.
“As we all well know out of the condition that we have its been very difficult for the national federations to get their competitions going particularly those who were not able to get out of the country or who dont have enough teams on the ground top offer them that kind of competition that is really needed for the level of competition at the Olympic games.”
Overseas qualifying events for karate, judo and sailing are still being discussed.
Team Fiji is preparing its athletes for the Tokyo Olympic Games, which was postponed last year due to COVID-19.
Only the Fiji men’s and women’s sevens teams and sailor Sophia Morgan have qualified for the Games.