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Australia seeks age limit lift for Olympic soccer tournament

SYDNEY (AP) — Football Federation Australia wants FIFA and the IOC to increase the age limit for the Olympic men's tournament in the wake of the Tokyo Games being pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The IOC and Tokyo organizers agreed this week to postponed the Olympics, which were scheduled to open July 24, to the northern summer of next year. No dates have been set, and no revised qualifying criteria have been formalized.

Australian Olympic Committee chief executive Matt Carroll and FFA chief executive James Johnson plan to “open up discussions" with soccer's world governing body and the Asian Football Confederation on increasing the age limit from 23 to 24 for the Tokyo tournament.

"This would ensure the players who helped their nation qualify for the games this year but might otherwise be ineligible for the tournament next year because of age restrictions, have an opportunity to fulfill their dreams of representing their country and becoming Olympians," Johnson said.