Qualifying trials for three of the U.S.’ Olympic sports, athletics, swimming and gymnastics, have been postponed for 2020 officers stated on Tuesday after the Tokyo Games had been delayed a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
All three sports activities have prime teams and main prospects for the Olympics, which will now be held in 2021 – four-times gold medalist Simone Biles in gymnastics, swimmer Katie Ledecky, winner of five Olympic gold medals, and world dash champions Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles in athletics.
USA Swimming and USA Gymnastics made similar public delays in statements to reporters.
The U.S. Olympic swimming trials had been scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska, with the gymnastics trials for June 25-28 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Olympic sources stated rescheduled dates for all U.S. trials couldn’t be set until the International Olympic Committee (IOC) determines the 2021 dates for the rescheduled Tokyo Games.
Other elements, including timing and the availability of venues and broadcast networks, should also be considered, the sources stated.
The delayed Olympics are likely to mean the 2021 world athletics championships, scheduled for Eugene, can be pushed back to 2022, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe has steered.
That would stop the challenge of getting the U.S. Olympic trials as well as the world championships being held within months of each other in Eugene, a city of about 170,000 where a new athletics stadium is being constructed.