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World Athletics has changed the qualification for the relays. World relays 2021 now count as a qualification event. Top 8 will qualify. If there are teams in the top 8 both at the World Championships and the World Relays, the final places will be distributed by fastet times: https://www.atleticalive.it/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/standard-tokyo-2021.pdf
The slightly positive news is that while the number of infections per day is higher than ever, the number of deaths is actually sinking. If we are really lucky it could mean, that the virus will become less lethal over time.
Carolin Schäfer ist from Germany.
This is definitely possible, but not anytime soon. Let's talk about this again next year in Spring. I don't think the games will be cancelled sooner than that.
Sadly, it probably won't be like that. Gangelt was the real first hotspot of COVID-19 in Germany. A couple who was in holidays in Italy got infected with the virus. They returned without knowing it and took part in a local carnival party in Gangelt, infecting many other people from this region. When the man from the original couple got hospitalized only very few days after the carnival party, all the other carnival guests were put in quarantine as a safety measure. Meaning Gangelt has very likely a much higher quota of infected people than the average in Germany.
World Athletics has suspended Qualifications process until december 1st. World Rankings are also frozen: https://www.worldathletics.org/competitions/olympic-games/news/olympic-qualification-suspended-2020
World Athletics already declared, that they are willing to postpone their World Championships, before the Olympics were officially postponed: https://www.postguam.com/sports/nation/world-athletics-to-move-worlds-to-accommodate-olympics/article_88d240f0-6d8d-11ea-a031-a3d81b2453c7.html
Exactly this. For almost all of these federations, the Olympics are by far the most important event. Many of them are in the eyes of the public basically inexistant for the rest of the time and it's their one chance to get into the limelight for four years. Even the big ones like Athletics would probably sacrifice their World Championships for the Olympics. The only exceptions to this rule might be men's football, men's basketball, men's golf and tennis. And for golf or tennis wouldn't be much change, because they basically have the same sports calendar year after year. And men's football already made a big change by postponing the European Championships, which will lead to the delayment of other events anyway (even the women's European Championships, so that they aren't overshadowed by the men).
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