Updated Olympic Qualification Information Announced

When the COVID-19 pandemic overtook the globe earlier this year, everyone felt it - BMX included. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics - which was set to include Freestyle's inaugural Olympic competition - was postponed and the coinciding qualification process was forcibly cut short due to inability to hold events. 

Now that we seemingly (and hopefully) have a light at the end of this dark tunnel, the UCI has announced plans for moving forward. Here's a rundown on the changes - 


Daniel Sandoval


The 2020 Summer Olympics are set to take place from July 23 to August 8 in 2021.

This is almost exactly one year after the originally scheduled dates. The location is set to be the same, but no specific dates have formally been announced for Freestyle as of yet. There are many moving parts here due to COVID-19, so the event actually happening is based on the world being in a reasonably safe state. Also, the event is still referred to as 2020 - not 2021. Confusing, but a minor detail in the grand scheme of things.


Daniel Dhers

Logan Martin


Points collected between November 1, 2018 and March 3, 2020 will count toward Olympic Qualification.

The initial qualification period was set for November 1, 2018 to May 11, 2020. Many events in early 2020 were cancelled or postponed - most notably the World Cup in Puyang, China and the World Cup in Hiroshima, Japan. To the best of my knowledge, only one relevant event took place that will not count - the Guadalajara World Capital of Sport 2020, which Nick Bruce won.


Justin Dowell

Brandon Loupos


Two World Cup events will take place in 2021 and count toward Olympic Qualification.

This seemingly makes up for the cancelled Puyang and Hiroshima events and will also bring a sense of recency to The Olympics. No word on when or where these events will take place, but they do carry a large number of points and have the potential to shake up the final ranking. 


Nikita Ducarroz

Hannah Roberts


You can click here to read the full document from the UCI, but these are the major changes that will carry an influence on the final outcome. 

Here's a rundown of the current Olympic Qualification rankings - 

 

MEN

Australia 12,890
USA 12,890
Russia 9,600
UK 8,403
Japan 5,736
Venezuela 5,110
Costa Rica 4,553
France 3,902
Croatia 2,763
Mexico 2,061


WOMEN

USA 16,770
Germany 10,940
UK 7,810
Switzerland 6,320
Russsia 5,718
Chile 5,550
Japan 4,920
Spain 4,917
Australia 4,820
China 3,995

Keep in mind that these scores don't directly reference who will qualify for The Olympics. For a better rundown on how many and which riders will compete, click here. For a projection on who we expected to see after the 2019 World Championship (before these recently announced changes were made), click here.

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