Qualification pathway for the 2020 Olympics- Weightlifting (Individual events)

Mirabai chanu - Jeremy lalkrinunga
SPORTINGINDIA|30-May-2019 17:43

In 2020 Tokyo Olympics there are 14 different weight category events for both men and women.
 
Events in the Tokyo Olympics are given below:-
 
- Men’s Events -1.61 Kg 2.67 Kg 3.73 Kg 4.81 Kg 5.96 Kg 6.109 Kg and 7.+125kg
- Women' Events:- 1.49 Kg 2.55 Kg 3.59 Kg 4.64 Kg 5.76 Kg and 6.87 Kg and 7.+87 kg 
 
In this ninth series we will see how Weightlifting Federation of India (WFI) has a chance of sending at least one weightlifter to a maximum of  4 weightlifters in Men’s and Women's events for the 2020 Olympics. 
 
A total of 196 weightlifters will participate in both men and women events  at the Olympics. The host nation will be guaranteed three quota places per gender and they can increase this number by winning quota places in qualification events.
 
There are two ways in which India can qualify weightlifters for 14 different events across both the genders for the 2020 games.
 
World Rankings- Indian weightlifters should be among the top eight weightlifters in their respective events according to the Olympic rankings released by International Weightlifting federation(IWF) on 1st May 2020 to get an opportunity to represent India at 2020 Olympics. 
 
Continental Places – It is the final chance for the Indian Weightlifters who have not qualified in the above way to get a ticket for Olympics. Any Indian weightlifter should hold the top position at Asia in their event to get the prestigious opportunity of representing the country at Olympics.
 
Additional Criteria's
 
The  entire Olympic Qualification period has been split into 3 different time  periods a) Period 1:  01 Nov 2018 – 30 Apr 2019, b) Period 2: 01 May 2019 – 31 Oct 2019 and c) Period 3: 01 Nov 2019 – 30 Apr 2020
 
The  World Ranking points of the weightlifter will be counted  from his or her 4 best results, with at least 1 result coming from each of the 3 time periods.
 
A key point to be noted  is that these  4 best results of a weightlifter need not only come  in the same weight category. In fact, they may even come, partly or wholly, from non-Olympic categories, which also contribute to IWF Olympic qualification Ranking Points. The only requirement is that a weightlifter must have participated in at least 2 ranking events in the same Olympic category, and will be eligible to qualify in that category. Thus, for example, a lifter may attain  her best results in the non-Olympic women’s 45 kg category, but attain qualification in the 49 kg category by simply participating twice in that category. 
 
In order to confirm his qualification spot in Tokyo, a weightlifter must have competed in at least 6 ranking events throughout the 18-month Olympic qualification period, including  a minimum of 1 Gold Level and 1 Silver Level event (or 2 Gold Level events). Also,a weightlifter needs to ensure participation in 1 ranking event in each of the 3 qualification time periods.
 
Important Note: - I) WFI should be careful in choosing the weightlifters as it will play a major role in winning the medals for the country.
                             ii) All the weightlifters has to get the approval of WFI in order to represent the country in Tokyo Olympics
 
IWF Rankings will be crucial for our weightlifters, as it gives them an opportunity to qualify 4 weightlifters in four different events. This will not only increase the number of qualified athletes but also increases the country's medal count in the Olympics from our Weightlifting contingent .