Argentina already has 118 athletes qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will be launched within exactly six months. There are 27 places in 15 sports. Santiago Lange and Cecilia Carranza champions in Rio de Janeiro 2016 in the Nacra 17 class of yachting, the Lions, also gold in the Brazilian event, and the Lionesses, the men’s basketball team and the volleyball of both sexes, the Gladiators of the Handball, swimmer Delfina Pignatiello and shooter Fernanda Russo are some of those who have already secured their place in the national delegation. A delegation that will have many chances to grow until July 24, when the curtain of the most important event in world sport will rise.
In that period, continental and world qualifiers will be played, Olympic rankings will be closed and the places of all the sports that will form the Games program will be distributed.
The next to get a ticket could be the sub 23 soccer team, which is playing the Colombian Pre-Olympic. The team led by Fernando Batista debuted with a 2 to 1 victory against the local by group A and this Friday at 22.30 in our country will face Chile by the second date. The champion and runner-up will qualify to Tokyo.
Mar del Plata will receive between February 9 and 17 the South American yachting, which will distribute places only in the RS: X and 470 classes. Argentine vistas already have a guaranteed presence in Nacra 17, Finn, Laser, Radial Laser and 49erFX. And they will try to add more places in the “happy” city.
Meanwhile, between February 27 and March 1, the Pan American Sports Climbing Qualifier will be held in Los Angeles, one of the five sports that will have its Olympic debut in Tokyo.
In March they will look for their places, among others, the taekwondo and the boxers. San José de Costa Rica will receive on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 the continental taekwondo qualifier, in which Martín Sio, Gianella Évolo, Lucas Guzmán and Sofía Tournier will be presented.
And Buenos Aires will host the American Boxing Qualification Tournament, a sport that will also have a world pre-Olympic match from May 13 to 24 in Paris, the last classification instance.
In the third month of the year, there will also be qualifying contests at the continental level for the fight, in Ottawa, and archery, in Monterrey; two sports that will also distribute seats later in world tournaments. Water polo will also have a world pre-Olympic, from March 29 to April 5 in Rotterdam.
Cycling, which has a place secured in the route mode, could increase its delegation when the track rankings close (March 2); BMX Freestyle (May 12), Mountain Bike (May 28) and BMX Racing (June 2). Although that last discipline will deliver two places per gender before the World Championship, from May 26 to 31 in Houston.
Rowing, fencing, slalom boating and table tennis will have continental qualifiers in April, which will not be the same as the only chances of getting places for rowers (there will be a world qualifier) and fenders (they could rank by ranking). That month, the Olympic karate and weightlifting rankings will also be closed.