OTTAWA – Athletics Canada announced today its Athletics Canada Tokyo Qualifier Series that will offer high-level competitive opportunities on home soil for its high performance athletes and Olympic/Paralympic hopefuls. Prize money will be available to the top-placing individuals at most meets, in addition to travel and Integrated Support Team support.
The nine meets, which will take place in four provinces and in 10 cities across the country, will offer athletes the opportunity to achieve the Olympic or Paralympic qualification standard and to gain valuable world rankings points.
“With more than half of our National Team athletes based in Canada, and spots on Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic teams on the line, we felt it was our responsibility to offer a series of quality domestic competitions,” said Simon Nathan, Athletics Canada’s High Performance Director. “Our athletes, including medal hopefuls, were facing a significant challenge knowing where to compete without crossing the border to the United States or boarding a flight to compete internationally – and having to quarantine upon arrival and return. We are thankful that our Provincial Branches, clubs and some of Canada’s most experienced meet directors stepped up to offer a great series of meetings, to provide our athletes with high-quality competition options right here in Canada.”
Source: Athletics Canada