The Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) have been carefully put together by the IOC and each International Federation (IF) for each of the sports on the Olympic programme.

The SSR aim to give IFs a clear path to follow in the event of confirmed COVID-19 cases, so that competition can continue smoothly.

Any confirmed athlete COVID-19 cases will be classed as Did Not Start (DNS), rather than disqualified, and athletes will not lose the minimum result they obtained.

With the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 now on the horizon, preparations are being finalised for the Olympic Games from all sides. Operational testing on the ground in Japan continues every day to ensure that all Tokyo 2020 participants, and the Japanese public, are kept as safe as possible.

While every effort continues to be made by officials and athletes, it is important that you are aware of how a confirmed COVID-19 case could affect your competition. That is why the Sport-Specific Regulations (SSR) have been carefully put together.

What is the aim of the SSR?

The SSR, developed by the IOC and each IF on the Olympic programme, confirm the rules and regulations in place for each sport on how to proceed with competition in case of a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result of an athlete, official or technical official.

These regulations also confirm the minimum number of athletes and officials required for an event to proceed, and the process for any further decision-making that may be required.

These are being finalised for each sport and will be progressively uploaded on Athlete365 over the coming weeks.

Key principles

With the SSR in place, here are some of the key takeaways for you, as athletes:

  • All sports competition events should start and end as defined by the competition schedule.
  • Any athlete with a positive COVID-19 test result who is consequently unable to compete will be displayed as DNS (“Did Not Start”), rather than disqualified, unless they have breached Playbook rules.
  • Where there is enough time to replace DNS athletes/teams, competition positions should be filled, and matches should take place.
  • Athletes/teams will not lose the minimum result they obtained in case of a positive COVID-19 test result. In general, if a team makes a final but cannot start due specifically to a positive COVID-19 test result, they will receive a silver medal.

Playbook updates

As we approach the weeks leading up to the Games, it is vital that you stay informed of the rules and prepare yourself accordingly for Tokyo 2020, so make sure you download them and be competition ready.

Stay on top of the latest developments in Tokyo by checking out the dedicated section of our website.