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Fight is On for Irish Olympic Sailors as Qualification Route to Tokyo 2020 is Finalised By World Sailing

1st March 2019
Finn Lynch became the first Irishman to make a World Cup Laser Medal Race in Miami this month Finn Lynch became the first Irishman to make a World Cup Laser Medal Race in Miami this month Photo: World Sailing

World Sailing and the IOC have finally concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification system, including continental qualification.

The basic qualification system is one spot in each event for the host nation, then 40% of the national spots were awarded at the Aarhus 2018 Worlds.

The final qualification event is the Olympic Classes World Cup event in Genoa, Italy, from 13 to 19 April 2020. World Sailing will then reallocate all unused quota places on the 10 June 2020.

Ireland failed to qualify in any of the five of the ten Olympic events at the Aarhus 2018 Worlds, and thus the fight is well and truly on to secure Irish places at Tokyo 2020. Detail of the Irish team is here.

Once this has been achieved, the focus will be on who will actually represent Team IRL in each sailing event at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Deciding this is a function of trials set out recently by Irish Sailing.

In the meantime, Irish sailing team members are preparing to contest the Trofeo Princesa Sofia in Palma next month. In a hopeful sign already this season, there have been some bright performances by Finn Lynch in the Laser in Miami when he became the first Irishman to make a World Cup Laser Medal Race.

Afloat's Tokyo coverage on this one handy link here

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