Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wrestling qualifiers in Budapest, Sofia postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

The international wrestling governing body, United World Wrestling (UWW), said it has postponed the European Olympic qualification and the world 'last chance' Olympic qualification due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Reuters March 12, 2020 11:41:34 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Wrestling qualifiers in Budapest, Sofia postponed due to coronavirus outbreak
  • The international wrestling governing body, United World Wrestling (UWW), said it has postponed the European Olympic qualification and the world 'last chance' Olympic qualification due to the coronavirus epidemic

  • The European qualifier, scheduled for 19 to 22 March in Budapest, is now likely to take place in mid-May while the world 'last chance' qualifier, scheduled for 30 April to 2 May in Sofia, is likely to take place at the beginning of June

  • 'The process for determining our Olympic participants will happen on the field of play, but we need to remain patient and vigilant as the worldwide community battles this pandemic,' UWW president Nenad Lalovic said

The international wrestling governing body, United World Wrestling (UWW), said it has postponed the European Olympic qualification and the world “last chance” Olympic qualification due to the coronavirus epidemic.

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The European qualifier, scheduled for 19 to 22 March in Budapest, is now likely to take place in mid-May while the world “last chance” qualifier, scheduled for 30 April to 2 May in Sofia, is likely to take place at the beginning of June, UWW said in a statement.

“The process for determining our Olympic participants will happen on the field of play, but we need to remain patient and vigilant as the worldwide community battles this pandemic,” UWW president Nenad Lalovic said.

“The health and wellbeing of the athletes is an absolute priority.”

The flu-like virus that originated in China late last year has killed more than 4,500 people and infected more than 125,000 globally. It has forced the cancellation or postponement of numerous sporting and other events.

Wrestling was one of the original nine sports included in the first modern Olympics programme in 1896. The women’s competition was added in 2004.

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