USA, Russia and China to receive extra entry for the Tokyo Olympics women's gymnastics event

The decision was taken after the coronavirus pandemic forced a shake-up in qualifying.

Simone Biles will aim to help the US womens team win Gold at the Tokyo Olympics- GETTY IMAGES   -  GETTY IMAGES

The United States, Russia and China was each given an extra entry to the Olympic women's gymnastics competition in Tokyo on Wednesday after the coronavirus pandemic forced a shake-up in qualifying.

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) will be going back to 2019 world championship results to determine those places. That means the United States, Russia and China will get one extra women's spot each, and that Russia, China and Japan each will receive an extra men's spot.

All of those countries had already qualified a four-person team for the men's and women's competitions.

FIG said it was canceling its all-around World Cup series of events because of the pandemic. Those events were supposed to offer countries one extra spot for the postponed Tokyo Games, helping the top nations to compensate after Olympic teams were reduced in size from five athletes to four.

Of the four planned all-around World Cup events, only one has taken place, in Milwaukee last year. Events in Germany and Britain were canceled, leaving the series below the minimum number of three events required to be a valid Olympic qualifier.

"Despite the organizers' best efforts, the reinforcement of entry bans in Europe in recent weeks has drastically reduced the ability of foreign athletes to take part in events in the continent," FIG said in a statement.

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