British Swimming Reveals Two-Part Revised Olympic Selection Policy

On the heels of British Swimming announcing a revised qualification time period for its British Summer Championships meet in July, the organization also revealed its new policy for 2020 Olympic Games qualification.

Yesterday, British Swimming made the formal announcement that its Olympics-qualifying meet, the British Swimming Championships originally slated for April 14th – April 19th at London Aquatics Centre, had been officially cancelled. At the time they stated that the selection policies would be reviewed by British Swimming’s World Class Performance Leadership Group pertaining to the Olympic Games pool and open water swimming, European Championships, Europan Junior Championships and FINA World Junior Open Water Championships.

British Swimming revealed today it is working with the British Olympic Association (BOA) on a new policy to published within a week but in the meantime has shared an early view of the key principles that will appear in the new version.

A major point is the fact that it is a 2-phase qualification process now, instead of just one Trials meet. The first phase will include pre-selection nomination of athletes based on their performances at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju. These athletes will be nominated for selection to the BOA at the same time of the publishing of the new policy.

Additionally, a second phase of nomination for selection for the 2020 Olympic Games will be based on performances during the FINA qualification window of March 1st, 2019 to June 29th, 2020. Our intention, therefore, is to allow more athletes the opportunity to post a FINA A time or better by extending the ‘consideration time’ period until the end of June 2020, reads the statement.

But, a question certainly follows as to whether or not there will still be swimming meets available through May and June. Right now, there are, to the tune of the following:

*Note, several of these are CLOSED Trials, meaning no foreign athletes allowed

As a refresher, here is our post with the roster of British swimmers who participated in the 2019 World Championships. As a nation, GBR finished 7th in the overall medal table in Gwangju, with the following medals earned:

British Swimming also states that the due to the uncertainty surrounding the staging of the 2020 European Championships and the potential extension of the qualifying period until the end of June 2020, they will not be in a position to qualify any additional relays for Tokyo 2020 other than the five relays that have pre-qualified at this time.

The relays that have qualified for GBR for Tokyo include the men’s medley, women’s medley, mixed medley, men’s 4x100m free relay and men’s 4x200m free relay.

The new policy will only apply if the 2020 Olympic Games is held on the existing dates 25th July to 2nd August 2020.  If there is any postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games beyond this period, a new selection policy will be required.

In terms of the 2020 European Championships (Pool) selection policy, this remains under review due to the uncertainty surrounding this event. A further advisory on this policy will be published on the 30th March 2020.

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1 year ago

So as all the up and coming meets are cancelled where are the swimmers suppose to go to to get the Fina A times??? Good one British Swimming!! Unfair as usual, just protecting the favourites

1 year ago

Wouldn’t like to pick between Guy & Dean for that second 200 free spot. There are a dozen ‘guarantees’, the rest will be interesting.

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Something I have been wondering about myself as I think both Guy and Dean, plus Scott could be capable of getting medals at the olympics in the 200 free.

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

I think you have to go with the guy with the pedigree. Guy has shown up in relays consistently and is a world champ in the event.

Reply to  Pvdh
1 year ago

They’ll both 100% be selected automatically for the relay. Scott has spot 1 sewn up as NR holder and a medal in the event at Worlds. Dean gave them both a pretty decisive beating last weekend in a bloody impressive time, and I see a higher ceiling there, but as you say James is proven himself right at the top. Intriguing choices ahead.

1 year ago

My idea is to allow time standards for qualifying to swim in the olympics. This would allow countries to send extra swimmers and my solution to allowing more athletes is to stretch the games out over a 4 to 5 week period and thus free up additional housing capacity in the village

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