A total of 48 events will be held, one more than in 2016, with the addition of a mixed relay event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in athletics.

Qualification process:

An athlete can qualify in one of two ways:  Achieve the entry standard within the respective qualification period  Qualify by virtue of his IAAF World Ranking Position in the selected event at the end of the respective qualification period.

Qualification period:

Marathon and 50km Race Walk: from 1 January 2019 to 31 May 2020  10,000m,

20km Race Walk and Combined Events: from 1 January 2019 to 29 June 2020 

All other events: from 1 May 2019 to 29 June 2020

Relay:  IAAF World Championships, September/October 2019 - The first eight (8) placed NOCs at the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019

The remaining eight (8) teams will be selected according to IAAF World Top Lists of 29 June 2020.

Athletics: Olympic Qualifying standards:


13.32110m Hurdles / 100m Hurdles12.84
48.90400m Hurdles55.40
8:22.003000m steeplechase9:30.00
2.33High Jump1.96
5.80Pole Vault4.70
8.22Long Jump6.82
17.14Triple Jump14.32
21.10Shot Put18.50
66.00Discus Throw63.50
77.50Hammer Throw72.50
85.00Javelin Throw64.00
8350Decathlon /Heptathlon6420
1:21:0020km Race walk1:31:00
03:50:0050km race walk-


India Watch:

20km race walk: KT Irfan qualified for the 20km Race Walk in the men's section by clocking 1 hour 20 minutes and 57 seconds to finish fourth at the Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi, Japan.

Sandeep Kumar set a new national record with a timing of 1:20:16 at the Race Walking Championship in Ranchi to qualify for the Olympics. Rahul Rohilla also qualified with a timing of 1:20:26 to finish second in the event.

Bhawana Jat became the first Indian woman to qualify in the 20km Race walk event after bettering the national record at the national race walking championships in Ranchi. She won gold with a timing of 1:29.54 secs.

Priyanka Goswami earned the qualification mark by finishing the race in 1:28:45 in the Ranchi championships.

K. T. Irfan is the first Indian athlete to qualify for Tokyo 2020.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

Men's 3000m steeplechase: Avinash Sable sealed his berth by clocking a national record timing of 8:21:37s in the 3000m steeplechase final at IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Men’s 4x400m relay: The team was placed at 13th out of 16 to compete in Tokyo based on the timing of 3:01.89 clocked during the National Inter-State Championships.

Mixed 4x400m relay : Muhammed Anas, Velluva Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Noah Tom qualified by virtue of entering the final of the relay competition at the IAAF World Championships in Doha. The team finished seventh.

Men's Javelin Throw: Neeraj Chopra qualified with a throw of 87.86m at the ACNW League meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa at the end of January. The javelin thrower was out of action in 2019 due to an elbow surgery. 

Shivpal Singh threw the javelin at a distance of 85.47 meters in his 5th attempt to make the cut at at the ACNW League meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa in March to become the second Indian to qualify in javelin throw.

Women's javelin throw: Annu Rani qualified through the world rankings (18th)

Men's long jump: M. Sreeshankar qualified for the Tokyo Olympics with an 8.26m jump at the Federation Cup. The 21-year old betted his own 2018 National Record of 8.20m.

Men's shot put: Tajinderpal Singh Toor booked an Olympic ticket with a national record throw of 21.49m during the Indian Grand Prix 4.

Women's discus throw: Seema Punia qualified for Tokyo with a 63.72m throw at the National Inter-State Athletics Championships. Seema is the second Indian to qualify for this year's Olympics in discus throw after Kamalpreet Kaur who managed a national record throw of 65.06m at the Federation Cup in March.

Men's 400m hurdles: MP Jabir qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in 400m hurdles after he clocked 49.78s to win gold at the Inter-State Athletics Championships in Patiala.

Women's 100m and 200m: Dutee Chand qualified in both 100m and 200m races through the World Rankings quota.

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