• Australia seeks age restrict carry for Olympic soccer event

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Modified 26 Mar 2020, 09:35 IST

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SYDNEY (AP) — Soccer Federation Australia needs FIFA and the IOC to extend the age restrict for the Olympic males’s event within the wake of the Tokyo Video games being pushed again to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The IOC and Tokyo organizers agreed this week to postponed the Olympics, which have been scheduled to open July 24, to the northern summer time of subsequent 12 months. No dates have been set, and no revised qualifying standards have been formalized.

Australian Olympic Committee chief government Matt Carroll and FFA chief government James Johnson plan to “open up discussions” with soccer’s world governing physique and the Asian Soccer Confederation on rising the age restrict from 23 to 24 for the Tokyo event.

“This is able to make sure the gamers who helped their nation qualify for the video games this 12 months however may in any other case be ineligible for the event subsequent 12 months due to age restrictions, have a chance to satisfy their desires of representing their nation and changing into Olympians,” Johnson mentioned.

Gamers who have been below 23 in the beginning of 2020 have been eligible to play in qualifying. On the Olympics, three gamers who’re older than 23 may be picked in squads, though they are typically confirmed internationals on the prime degree.

Carroll mentioned it was a difficulty that the IOC and FIFA “should handle.”

“This hopefully is a as soon as in historical past occasion, a postponement of the video games,” he mentioned. “I feel with good working relationships, collectively we will recover from all these technical particulars and be certain that individuals who have certified stay certified,.

Graham Arnold’s Australia squad earned a spot by way of the Asian Underneath-23 championship in January, becoming a member of different continental groups South Korea, Saudi Arabia and host Japan within the Olympic event.

Six gamers who have been concerned in Australia’s profitable qualifying marketing campaign can be out of rivalry for the Olympics if the event age restrict is not elevated.

Printed 26 Mar 2020, 09:35 IST

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