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Athletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spots

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021.

About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021.

The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday. 

The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They'll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. 

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The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. 

But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.