“2021 ISA World Surfing Games” opened in El Salvador, Central America on May 29, local time. This tournament also serves as the final selection for the Tokyo Olympics surfing competition, and of the 20 men and women who will participate in the Olympics, the remaining 5 men and 7 women will be decided.
On the other hand, CT athletes who have won the qualification from the “ 2019 WSL Championship Tour”, which has the highest priority in the Olympic selection criteria, are also obliged to participate in this tournament, and many athletes from Australia who have just finished participate. ..
However, CT players, including Brazil and the United States, have abstained one after another, and various opinions have been expressed.
“I don’t want to crush other athletes who are aiming for the Olympics” American representative
Carissa Moore and Caroline Marks, who have confirmed their participation in the Olympics as representatives of the United States, passed the 1st place with an overwhelming difference over the players of other countries in R1, but did not appear in R2 and decided to go to Lipacharge. He was defeated without appearing in Lipa Charge.
In response, USA Surfing, which oversees the US national team, explained to the user’s question on the official SNS as follows.
“Both (Carissa and Caroline) want to avoid crushing other athletes who want to qualify for the Olympics at this tournament, and have been on the WSL Australian Leg for more than three months. I would love to meet my family and start preparing for the Olympics. I am grateful that ISA has once again held a great event and paved the way for me to qualify for the Olympics. Thank you for your understanding and generosity for allowing them to abandon. “
Brazil national team all leave the tournament
Brazil national team Gabriel Medina and Tatiana Weston Webb also abstained after the end of R1 and explained on the official SNS as follows.
“After winning the first match, the passport for the Tokyo Olympics was stamped. Tatiana Weston Webb and Gabriel Medina are trying to save themselves as the tough and challenging season continues. I made a tough decision to leave the event. “
A few days later, it was announced that all Brazilian national teams, including Italo Ferreira and Philippe Toledo, who had participated in R3, would leave the tournament.
“The results of the first day of the tournament confirmed the four slots for the Olympics, and the Brazilian national team decided to leave ISA World Surfing Games to get the best results in the following season. I will stay in El Salvador until June 7th and take this wonderful opportunity to train for Julia Santos and wait for the recovery of Sylvana Lima, who was diagnosed as corona positive. “
Trends of other CT players
Costa Rica national team Brissa Hennessy also abstained after participating in R1. Australia national team Julian Wilson has also disappeared from the heat table.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi, Australia’s Owen Wright, Ryan Cullinan (defeated), Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons. France national teams Jeremy Flores and Michelle Bowles are still in the tournament.
Reasons why many CT players abstained
According to Australian Stab magazine, many CT athletes disagree with the criteria for selection for the Olympics, which states that “even if you decide to participate in the Olympics from the 2019 CT ranking, you must participate in the ISA World Championship in El Salvador.” The main reasons for opposition were as follows.
1. It doesn’t make sense to compete with other athletes who have to qualify for the Olympics (in El Salvador)
2. Spent 3 months in Australia and just attended 4 CT events
3. It ’s pandemic, but it ’s very dangerous to contact people from 51 countries.
However, ISA President Fernando Aguirre said the significance of this selection criterion was “ISA World Surfing Games is a place where all players from all countries participate as national players in an equal manner. This is important for the IOC. It’s the same as Messi and Ronaldo having to play for the national team in the World Cup. “
In addition, the “Eligibility and Nomination Criteria” published by the ISA only states that “to participate in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2019 and 2020”, and regarding the treatment in case of abstention in the middle. Not specified.
By the way, Jordy Smith of South Africa and Joan Diffie of France, who are qualified for the Olympics from the 2019 CT ranking, have not participated in this ISA World Surfing Games.
Is it an improvement for the 2024 Paris Olympics?
At this “ISA World Surfing Games” held despite dissenting opinions, CT players abstained in the form of a loophole, but as far as the SNS of each national team is seen, ISA approval is moderately approved. I made a post as if I had left the venue while securing the right to participate in the Olympics.
However, is there any problem with fairness between the player who was credited to the same heat as the CT player who abstained on the way and the player who was credited to the heat of the CT player who continues to participate? Although it is a decision to maximize performance in the Olympics, isn’t it against sportsmanship? There are various voices such as whether it makes sense to participate in the first round in the first place, and whether there are any problems with the rules of the original selection criteria.
Surfing will be the first Olympic competition in the Tokyo Olympics, but that point may be improved toward the 2024 Paris Olympics.
(THE SURF NEWS editorial department)
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