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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics: Sports federations press IOC for clarity

As qualifying events are canceled, some anxious athletes look past Japan to 2024

The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are still on, but many qualifying events have been canceled, raising questions among athletes about how to qualify for the games.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Olympic hopeful Nicole Stout knew her shot at the games was over when, in the middle of a competition in Argentina, the American received word that the International Judo Federation would postpone tournaments for the rest of March and April, two of which she needed to qualify for the Tokyo Games.

"Not having those qualifiers stunts a lot of athletes," said Stout, who ranks 104th in the world and would need to place above 30 to enter the Olympics. "Pretty much everyone at my club in New York has decided to focus on 2024. It feels so much out of our control at this point that it's more positive to focus on the next cycle."

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