… Cuts 105 athletics places


June 10, 2017
IAAF president Sebastian Coe

The International Olympic Committee cut 285 athlete places from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games for the 2020 Olympic programme, with track and field losing 105 spots, leaving the International Association of Athletics Federations in a quandary.

"Athletics is the number one sport at the Olympic Games so we want to work with the IOC to drive effective and meaningful change," IAAF President Sebastian Coe said yesterday.

"We have agreed to look at the reduction in quota challenge to see what impact it will have on athletes and nations competing in Athletics, given that 10 countries compete only in our sport. All proposals will go to the IAAF council to review and approve at its council meeting ahead of the IAAF World Championships in London this August," he added.

IOC sports director Kit McConnell said that some sprint relay places typically went unused.

"We think the number is manageable within the sport while maintaining universality," said McConnell, referencing the IOC's policy of ensuring athletes from lower-ranked countries can compete on the Olympic stage.

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