The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved replacement in the mixed team shooting events of the upcoming Tokyo Games if an athlete from a participating nation tests positive for COVID-19 just before the competition.

However, the same leeway has not been granted to the individual events in shooting, which will see 356 athletes from as many as 100 countries competing for glory in Tokyo, with the women’s 10m air rifle and 10m air pistol events drawing maximum participants.

“For the mixed team event, in case an athlete can no longer take part in the event, but the NOC (National Olympic Committee) has another athlete on site, the NOC can replace an athlete team member,” the IOC’s Tokyo 2020 Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) stated.

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The newly introduced mixed team events in shooting has…

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