I am delighted to present a special edition of our newsletter dedicated to the important subject of the Olympic Games.
Strengthening the position of the UCI within the Olympic movement was a key strand of my election platform. The sports programme of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gives us an excellent foundation for this mission.
Following the introduction of BMX Freestyle as a fifth Olympic discipline of cycling, and the return of the Madison to the Track cycling programme, cycling now stands as the third largest sport of the summer Olympic Games, both in terms of number of available medals and number of athletes competing.
This newsletter formally announces the Qualification Systems for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. I understand the importance for all National Federations to have the opportunity to qualify for the Games and the benefits it can bring to our members. These systems have been developed in line with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) qualification principles, aiming to foster gender equality opportunity and universality across the globe.
I wish all our members great success in their efforts to qualify their riders to the Tokyo 2020 Games. I would also take this opportunity to thank our colleagues at the Japan Cycling Federation, for their efforts and support to the local organizing committee.
In addition, this newsletter provides operational and technical information related to the Youth Olympic Games taking place in Buenos Aires commencing on 6 October 2018. Again, our friends at the Argentinian Cycling Union are thanked for carrying out excellent work in the Games preparations.
The official versions of the qualification systems are published on the NOCnet (IOC extranet for NOCs).
Please note that the official version of the qualification systems published by the UCI is the same as the one uploaded on the NOCnet. However, should there be any disparity between these documents, the version published on NOCnet will prevail.
The UCI Management Committee approved the new qualification systems based on the new events programme and athlete quota allocations. The IOC principles for qualification have been applied, and efforts have been deployed on ensuring that the best rides have had the opportunity to be qualified, balanced with the need to create regional representation. Opportunities have been sought to simplify the text and create greater clarity for National Federations and NOCs.
Main Changes from Rio 2016
- All riders will need to hold at least 10 UCI points in a discipline to be eligible to be registered;
- NOCs will be allowed to enter riders allocated a quota place, in other disciplines, so long as the rider fulfils the eligibility criteria.
- The overall quota allocated to the Men has been reduced from 144 to 130;
- The UCI World Ranking will be used as the main route of allocation replacing the complex use of multiple rankings;
- Full continental representation will be protected in the Individual Time Trial via a special provision.
- The Madison for Men and Women has been added to the programme with no additional athlete quota available;
- The number of teams qualifying in the Team Sprint and Team Pursuit events has reduced from nine to eight;
- Due to the limited available quota, nations who qualify in Team Pursuit will automatically qualify for the Madison, but with no additional quota. Similarly those nations which directly qualify to the Madison will automatically qualify for the Omnium, but with no additional quota;
- Maximum continental quotas have been removed. Full continental representation is protected via a special provision, with a minimum of four quota places available for all continents (2 per gender, split between sprint and endurance events).
- The Men’s and Women’s quotas have been equalized at 38 quota places;
- Qualification opportunity from the UCI World Championships has been added.
- The Men’s and Women’s quotas have been equalized at 24 quota places.
- New system created adopting similar methodology as BMX Racing.