The IPC has released a major update to the Tokyo 2020 Qualification Regulations. There is an important update in the Sitting Volleyball section (pages 129-132).
The change is the following:
To be eligible for selection by an NPC, athletes must:
- have played in at least one international, sanctioned World ParaVolley Sitting competition between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2020; and
- be internationally classified with a ‘Confirmed’ sport class status or a ‘Review’ sport class status with a review date after 31 December 2020.”
“To be eligible for selection by an NPC, athletes must: … have played in at least one international, sanctioned World ParaVolley Sitting competition between 1 January 2018 and 31 March 2020…”
There was a need to change the end date because when the Regulation was originally written several years ago, it was anticipated that the final event prior to Tokyo 2020 would be held in March 2020 (as it was previously for Rio 2016) but now we know that the final event is going to be in April. This event is the Sitting Volleyball World Cup (formerly the Intercontinental) to be held in China in the period 21 to 28 April 2020.
This change only relates to the end date and better serves the needs of the athletes.
The additional advantage of this change is that athletes can attend the World Cup in April and address classification issues, including classification of new athletes and classification of athletes with sport class status “Review”. This will benefit athletes and all teams and keeps our principles in line with several previous Paralympic Games.