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12 Feb 2020

Over 260 Belarusian athletes gearing up for Tokyo 2020

Over 260 Belarusian athletes gearing up for Tokyo 2020
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MINSK, 12 February (BelTA) – A total of 263 Belarusian athletes are preparing for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 27 sports. These figures were named during the board meeting of the Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry on 12 February, BelTA has learned.

So far, the Olympic qualifying requirements have been met by 69 Belarusian athletes in 15 sports. Qualifying tournaments will last through the end of June. Belarusian athletes are able to win over 100 berths for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“The selection requirements for the Games have become tougher. We are on schedule, however. We see that apart from 69 athletes who have already met the Olympic requirements, some 30 more people can reach the Tokyo 2020. Someone will do it with the help of rating points, others will do it through booking an Olympic berth at the qualifying tournaments. The more athletes Belarus will field at the Olympics, the better,” Sports and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk said.

The 32nd Summer Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo on 24 July – 9 August 2020. The Games will feature 339 medal events in 33 sports. These Games will see baseball/softball, karate, surfing, sport climbing and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts. Competing for the 2020 Tokyo medals will be 11,090 athletes from 206 countries, with the highest-ever representation of female athletes (49%). The 2020 Games will be the most gender-balanced in Olympic history.

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