Tokyo Games: Still Hope for Matteo Peludo Pedestrian

Although the Canadian Championship was canceled, Olympic infantry Matteo Pelodo slits his fingers so hard that he can 59e A place in the world ranking held up to 1he is June and get the Tokyo Games card.

To secure a spot in the top 60 and a pass to the Japanese capital, Peludo had a card in his hand, but the rules of world athletics thwarted his plans. The federation requires the presence of three judges with international certificates, and they did not want to exclude a pandemic or not.

Therefore, the Canadian Walking Championship scheduled for May 23 in Quebec City had to be canceled. “Canada only has one judge who has an international certificate,” Beludeau coach Felix Antoine La Pointe explained. Because walking is a judged sport and the federation wants to ensure there is no favoritism, the standards are more stringent.

“We knew this about a month ago, but it did not make sense to bring in judges from the United States or Mexico in the current context,” La Pointe said. We were aware of this policy, but we wanted to persuade the International Federation to relax its rules, but they did not want to know. As for the foreign judges, they had to self-isolate for 14 days and that would have required a large budget without knowing if they were interested. “

Very worried two weeks ago, Belludu is breathing a little better since the European Cup was introduced on May 16th. “The tension has decreased by one step,” La Pointe sums up. In the European Cup, only two players surpass Matteo in the standings. Gone from 57e Up to 59e Rank. As for the Pan-American Cup that Matteo was scheduled to take part in on May 9 in Ecuador, the winner came close to overtaking it, but the hot weather meant times were slower.

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“He must pass and continue his training as if he was going to compete in the Games, but we will closely monitor the world ranking during the next two weeks,” La Pointe added. There is only one event by the deadline which is 1he is June, the national championship of Finland, which will be held next week. However, there are already three Finns in the top 60 and the result will not change anything. “

Each country can send a maximum of three infantry regardless of the number of representatives in the top 60. This rule ensures that Bilodeau is ranked 59th.e Ranking instead of 94e When all walkers are observed. He took the 14the It was ranked last in the world in 2019 in the Doha, Qatar heat.

Capitale-National Public Health has shown an openness to give the green light to hold the tournament. “Public health has added some conditions, such as a seven-day confinement for runners from outside Quebec, as well as tests at the end and before the race, but we could have reached an agreement. It might look like this at the Olympic Trials in Montreal in June,” said La Pointe.

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