Tokyo 2020: In case of Covid-19, gold for opponent in boxing final

In both events, if an athlete is not able to compete due to COVID-19, they will be marked as 'Did Not Start' and the opponent will receive a bye and progress to the next round.

The regulations for the boxing event cited "safety of the athletes" as the reason behind cancelling the final in case of COVID-19.   -  AP (REPRESENTATIVE)

If any participant tests positive for Covid-19 in the finals of the boxing event in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, then the opponent will receive a gold medal, and the Covid-19 participant will be facilitated with the silver medal. This specification has been made clear in the Tokyo Olympics' Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR).

The regulations have been jointly formed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Federations (IFs).

"In Boxing, the athlete that cannot compete will not be disqualified and will be marked as DNS (Did not start) in case they cannot start the event and will be treated as Walk-Over once the competition has started," as per the regulations.

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"If an athlete is no longer able to compete, the opponent will receive a bye and progress to the next round. If an athlete cannot compete in the final due to COVID-19, the bout will not go ahead and the athlete who can no longer compete will receive the silver medal and the opponent will be awarded the gold medal to protect the safety of the athletes," it added.

Regulations regarding wrestling state, "In Wrestling, if an athlete is not able to compete due to Covid-19 the athlete will not be disqualified and will be marked as DNS. The opponent receives a bye into the next round.”

“In case the athlete has reached the final and is no longer able to compete due to COVID-19, the athlete eliminated in the respective semi-final will fill the vacant place and compete in the final," it added.

Regulations for shooting events allowed replacements for COVID-19 positive athletes for mixed team events, if the (National Olympic Committee) NOC has another athlete on-site. However, athletes who are unable to participate due to COVID-19 in individual events would be marked as DNS. “There will be no change to the competition format or groupings,” the regulations added.

The Tokyo Olympics will take place from July 23 to August 8. The mega event was slated to go ahead last year, but it had to be postponed due to the pandemic.

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