Tokyo 2021: qualification issues facing athletes by postponing the Olympic Games

Published 24 April 2020 By: Lindsay S. Brandon, Howard Jacobs

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On March 24, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee jointly announced[1] that due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020,  will be postponed. At present, it is officially rescheduled for next summer, beginning July 23, 2021.[2] While the Olympics have previously been cancelled on account of World Wars, this is the first time the Games have ever been postponed. 


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Lindsay Brandon

Lindsay S. Brandon

Lindsay is a practicing associate at the Law Offices of Howard L. Jacobs just outside of Los Angeles, California, where she primarily represents athletes in matters related to anti-doping rule violations before the American Arbitration Association and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Lindsay also works with athletes (amateur, Olympic, and professional) on team selection disputes, issues related to the U.S. Center for SafeSport, and she has consulted with both athletes and sporting federations on matters impacting athletes at-large. Prior to practicing sports law, Lindsay wrote for several publications in the United States, a majority of which focused on the intersectionality of law, social justice, and sports. Lindsay has also published pieces for the World Sports Advocate and the International Sports Law Journal.

Lindsay received her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, California), her J.D. from Seattle University (Seattle, Washington), and her LL.M. in International Sports Law from St. John’s University (New York, New York).

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Howard Jacobs

Howard Jacobs

Howard Jacobs is lawyer in the Los Angeles suburb of Westlake Village, California. Mr. Jacobs has been identified by various newspapers as one of the leading sports lawyers in the United States, and was profiled by USA Today in a feature article titled “Athletes accused of cheating find perfect advocate.”

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