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Olympic Games Qualifications in Crisis: Sport Leaders Search for Solutions
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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


For Immediate Release 

March 18, 2020

Olympic Games Qualifications in Crisis: 

Sport Leaders Search for Solutions

(Atlanta) – Any talk of rescheduling the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must first deal with the reality that nearly half of the Games' projected 10,000+ athletes have yet to qualify. 

"Some 57 percent of the Games' athletes have booked places on their nations' teams," says Around the Rings Editor and Founder Ed Hula. 

"But that means 43 percent – nearly half – have not been qualified because of cancellations due to COVID-19."

"How to rebuild the competition calendar to accommodate these athletes is key to any discussions of postponing or rescheduling the XXXII Games."

In Wednesday's featured article, ATR content editor Gerard Farek writes about the difficulties facing athletes training for Tokyo 2020 because of the virus. 

Around the Rings recognized early on the threat COVID-19 presented to world sport. For the past several weeks, ATR's worldwide team of correspondents have focused on the pandemic's challenge to sport. 

In February, a dedicated channel was launched to help readers stay current on news developments. A series of podcasts with sport leaders will be announced within the next few days. 

Recent articles examine the IOC suspension of the boxing qualifier underway in London and the resignation of Ching-kuo Wu, IOC member in Chinese Taipei. Around the Rings is also the only Olympic news publication to feature premium original content en espanol. 

The Washington Post, the Houston Chronicle, and Australian radio network ABC are among news organizations turning to ATR Editor and Founder Ed Hula for insight into how the coronavirus has shaken the foundations of world sport. 

Around the Rings is a subscription-based multi-platform newsletter. Daily, original content includes news articles, podcasts, video newscasts and more. ATR has been on the scene of every major moment in Olympic history since the late 1980s when Atlanta began to bid for the 1996 Centennial Olympics. 

It is the only Olympic news publication to offer daily, original content in English and Spanish. Through a partnership with FrancsJeux, it is the only independent publication in the world to offer content in the three languages of the Olympics.

Readers include the IOC, heads of state, TOP sponsors, international federations, sports marketing agencies, government offices and all 200+ national Olympic committees (paid subscriptions). 

Ed Hula is available for interviews. Contact comment@aroundtherings.com, or text +1 678 665 6680 (no calls accepted). 


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