Australia calls for raising the age limit in the football competition


The Australian Football Confederation called on Thursday to raise the ceiling of ages in the football competition in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which was postponed to 2021 from next summer from under 23 years to under 24 years, and gave way to players who contributed to qualifying their national teams to participate in The world’s largest sporting event.

According to the laws in the Olympic football competition, the teams participate in a squad of under-23s, with a maximum vaccination of three players, over their age.

“We would like to open discussion with FIFA, the Asian Confederation, to discuss modifying the men’s competition so that it (the contest) becomes for those under 24 years of the Olympic Games in Tokyo,” said James Johnson, chief executive of the federation.

The decision to postpone the Tokyo Games from next summer to the summer of 2021 at the latest due to the outbreak of the “Covid-19” virus raised fears among the sports world that some promising Olympians may not be able to participate due to age restrictions, or simply because they may lose their fitness Physical.

Johnson considered that changing the formula of the football competition to a format under the age of 24 “would guarantee the players who helped their countries qualify for the Olympic Games this year, the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of acting and becoming Olympic athletes.”

And Australia, like many countries, has been preparing for the Olympic Games over the past years under the supervision of coach Graham Arnold, who also took charge of the U-23 squad in 2018.


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