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Athletics Canada launches competitive track series to aid Olympic hopefuls

Athletics Canada announced its Athletics Canada Tokyo Qualifier Series, a nine-meet domestic series looking to offer Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls high-level competitive opportunities and also be able to meet qualification standards.

Meets to take place in 4 provinces, 10 cities across Canada

While only 24 Canadians have reached Olympic qualifying standards, Athletics Canada high performance director Simon Nathan is expecting the number to reach the mid-40s for individual athletes by the completion of the Tokyo Qualifier Series and settle in the mid-50s following the addition of relay runners. (Christine Olsson/TT News Agency/The Associated Press)

On Thursday, Athletics Canada announced its Tokyo Qualifier Series—a nine-meet domestic series that offers high-level competitive opportunities to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. 

The meets, which will take place in four provinces and 10 cities across Canada, will offer competitors the opportunity to achieve Olympic or Paralympic qualification standards and to gain world ranking points.

The first meet is set for May 21 in Ottawa, with the final stop being a World Athletics Continental Tour - bronze level meet in Montreal on June 29—the final day for Olympic qualification.

"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."

In the meantime, Athletics Canada and local organizing committees are continuing to work with authorities regarding public health regulations.

Athletes are being given an opportunity to register through an individual meet website or the meet's director.

Series schedule

Date: May 21-22
Event / Meet Category: Ottawa HP Weekend / National Permit Meeting (Category E)
Venue / Location: Terry Fox Athletic Facility / Ottawa, Ont.
 
Date: May 29
Event / Meet Category: Johnny Loaring Classic / National Permit Meeting (Category E)
Venue / Location: University of Windsor Stadium / Windsor, Ont.
 
Date: June 2
Event / Meet Category: Ontario High Performance Series – Toronto / National Permit Meeting (Category E)
Venue / Location: Toronto Track & Field Centre, Toronto, Ont.
 
Date: June 5
Event / Meet Category: Royal City Inferno Track & Field Festival / NACAC Area Permit (Category D)
Venue / Location: Alumni Stadium, Guelph, Ont. (Throws: TBD)
 
Date: June 5
Event / Meet Category: Kamloops Throws Festival / National Permit Meeting (Category E)
Venue / Location: Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops, B.C.
 
Date: June 9
Event / Meet Category: Victoria Track Classic / NACAC Area Permit (Category D)
Venue / Location: Centennial Stadium, Victoria, B.C. (Field events: TBD)
 
Date: June 12
Event / Meet Category: Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic / NACAC Area Permit (Category D)
Venue / Location:
Track events: Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, B.C.
Throws (except the javelin throw): Tournament Capital Centre / Kamloops, B.C.
Jumps (plus the javelin throw): University of British Columbia / Vancouver, B.C.
 
Date: June 13
Event / Meet Category: 2021 CALTAF Classic / National Permit Meeting (Category E)
Venue / Location: Foothills Athletics Park / Calgary, Alta.
 
Date: June 29
Event / Meet Category: La Classique d'Athlétisme de Montréal présente par Boutique Courir / World Athletics Continental Tour – Bronze (Category C)
Venue / Location: Complexe Claude-Robillard / Montreal, Que.

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