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Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2020

Matthew Dellavedova of Australia in action during game two of the International Basketball series between the Australian Boomers and United States of America at Marvel Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan DiMaggio/Getty Images)

Australia is yet to confirm the team who will travel to the 2020 Olympics, however, as it starts to be announced, you’ll be able to find all of the details on this page.

Over 11,000 athletes from around the globe will assemble in Tokyo from July 24 for the Olympics, with 339 events to be held across 33 different sports.

The two sports introduced for 2016 in Rio, rugby sevens and golf, will maintain their place in the Games alongside the return of a men’s baseball competition and women’s softball competition, while karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding were also selected for entry into the 2020 Games for the first time.

To qualify for the Olympics, an Australian athlete must be nominated by their national federation. This is done either by being part of one of the various teams, success at a national championships or by achieving a set score or time at approved events throughout the year.

After nomination, an athlete must then be selected by the AOC before making the team. The AOC’s Selection Committee assesses every athlete on the Selection Criteria for their sport. This document includes assessments on the athlete’s behaviour, anti-doping status, as well as some administrative criteria. It is only after the athlete has been vetted by the Selection Committee that their selection for the Olympic team is confirmed.

If an athlete is injured after being selected for the team, the national federation of their sport can nominate a replacement, provided they have met the qualification criteria. The replacement must then be approved and selected by the AOC.

Information on a sport-by-sport basis, listed in alphabetical order, can be found below. Many teams will not be announced until mid 2020, while most teams (such as baseball and basketball) still need to qualify through various tournaments just to make it to the Games.

Australian Olympic Team (by sport)



Australia’s men’s archery team have already qualified for the Olympics, with three representatives set to travel to Japan for the team event.

No Australian woman has qualified at this stage, however, will have a chance to do so at a qualification tournament at a later date.

Artistic swimming

Artistic swimming is a women’s only event at the 2020 Olympics. Australia have qualfied a full team of eight athletes to travel to the Games. They will be announced at a later date.


The Australian athletics team is once again expected to be around 50 members, and won’t be named until much closer to the games, following the 2020 national championships, which will be held in Sydney during late March next year.


Badminton qualification for the 2020 Olympics is underway and will conclude on April 30, 2020, with world rankings determining which players go to the Olympics from around the world.


As of August 26, 2019, no Australian player is in the top 38 players for singles or top 16 teams for doubles in any of men’s, women’s or mixed, meaning Australia are currently at risk of having no badminton representatives at the Games.


Australia’s baseball team are in with a chance of qualifying to the Games, and will have two chances of doing so. The first is at the Premier 12 tournament in November, when the top Asian and Americas team are picked.

Should they fail to get out of the Premier 12 tournament, another chance will be presented in March of 2020 at a final qualifying tournament.

If Australia manage to make it into the Games, their roster will have 24 players.


The men’s Australian Boomers team will have a couple of chances to make the Games. The first of those will be in China at the World Cup from August 31, 2019, where the top Asian team is included.

The second of those will be at the Olympic qualifying tournaments, to be held in July next year.


Should the Boomers qualify, they will field a roster of 12 players.

The women’s Opals team, on the other hand, will have to wait until qualifying tournaments, to be held in June next year, with ten spots out of the total 12 still yet to be locked in.

Like the men, they will have a 12-player roster if they manage to make the trip to Tokyo.

Basketball 3×3

3×3 Basketball is a new sport for the 2020 Games. Australia stand a good chance of qualifying in both men’s and women’s competition, with world rankings and a tournament next year set to decide the make-up of the teams.

Beach Volleyball

Most beach volleyball spots for the Olympics are given out in June of 2020, once the world rankings have been settled. No Australian players or teams have currently qualified through World Championships or other qualifying events.



At the 2020 Olympics, there has been a reduction in the number of weight classes. Men will now have eight events, and women five. Tournaments to qualify will be held in January and April 2020, and nations can have a maximum of one place per event, meaning the boxing team would be anywhere from zero to 13 members.


At this stage, Australia have no entries qualified in salom events for Tokyo 2020, however, opportunities to make the trip are still to come.

After the 2019 World Championships, Australia currently have boats qualified for the Men’s K2 1000m, Men’s K-4 500m and Women’s K-4 500m.


Australia are expected to have athletes in both men’s and women’s BMX competition, with qualification currently underway.

Mountain Biking
Both the men’s and women’s mountain bike events will have a total of 38 athletes. Thirty of these places will be granted to the top nations on the ranking list, of which Australia is one.

As Australia are one of the top nations in road cycling, they should be able to enter a full five-rider team in the men’s event and four-rider team in the women’s event.


In the Individual time trials, Australia will have at least one entrant in each race.

The track events being contested in Tokyo across both men’s and women’s will be the team sprint, sprint, keirin, team pursuit, madison and omnium. Australia are expected to be able to enter the maximum amount of athletes in all events, with track cycling traditionally one of the nation’s strongest sports.


There are still some events to come for diving qualification, however, Australia currently have four athletes with their ticket to Tokyo booked in, although they still must compete in the Australian 2020 diving championships to assure their place.

No synchronised combinations have made the Olympics yet, with Australia’s diving athletes being all individual events.

The athletes are three women and one man.

Men’s 10-metre platform: Cassiel Rousseau
Women’s 10-metre platform: Melissa Wu
Women’s 3-metre springboard: Maddison Keeney, Esther Qin



Australia have qualified a full team for all three equestrian competitions – dressage, eventing and jumping.

This means the Australian team will have three rider and horse combinations in each individual event, as well as being able to compete in the teams event.

Athletes are not yet known.

Field Hockey

Both the men’s Kookaburras and women’s Hockeyroos will have Oceanic qualifying tournaments in early September 2009 to determine whether they will make the Tokyo Games. New Zealand will be their stiffest competition in those tournaments.


Athletes to compete in fencing at the 2020 Olympics will be mainly decided by official world ranking spots on April 4, 2020.



The men’s Olympic competition is strictly for players under 23. The Australian Ollyroos have advanced through the first stage of qualifying and will take part in the final tournament during January of 2020 in Thailand, with three spots on offer.

The women, on the other hand, will have their qualifying tournament in March of next year and are heavily favoured to advance to the Olympic 12-team tournament.


Athletes for golf at the 2020 Olympics will be decided by world rankings.

60 players will participate in both the men’s and women’s competition, with the men’s world rankings cut off date being June 22, 2020, and the women on June 29, 2020. No more than four players from one country may participate.

The top 15 automatically qualify, with the list then going through the highest-ranked players from countries that do not already have two players in the field.


Australia are yet to qualify any athletes in artistic, trampoline or rhythmic gymnastics, however, plenty of opportunity still exists with multiple events and spots left.



The Australian men’s team will only have one chance to qualify when they participate in the Asian qualification tournament during October.

The women, on the other hand, will have two chances. At an Asian tournament of their own in September, and at the World Championships in December.


Australia will be able to have qualify one athlete for each of the 14 men’s or women’s judo events based on world rankings in May of 2020.

The mixed teams event will be determined following those spot allocations.


Karate will be divided up into eight events, four each for men and women. No more than one athlete per event can qualify from any given country, with a total of ten athletes from around the world in each event.


World rankings taken in April 2020, as well as a qualification tournament in May of 2020 will be used to determine the athletes.

Kata is the individual discipline of karate. There are no weight classes and only one event per gender, meaning a maximum of two athletes from any given country.

Kumite will have three weight classes per gender. Each country can qualify up to six athletes.

Modern Pentathlon

The Modern Pentathlon will have 36 male and female athletes, with up to two per nation.

No Australian athletes are qualified as yet, however, Asian and Oceanian qualifying event will be held in China during November followed by the World Championships in May next year.


Each nation may enter up to one boat per event for the Olympics. Boats are qualified as a nation, with athletes announced at a later date.


Most quota spots were granted at the World Championships in September 2019, while Australian athletes will also be able to qualify at the final qualifying event, which is to be held in May 2020 in Switzerland.

Australia have currently qualified teams in the following events.

Men’s quadruple sculls: Athletes TBC
Men’s coxless pair: Athletes TBC
Men’s coxless four: Athletes TBC
Men’s eight: Athletes TBC
Women’s double sculls: Athletes TBC
Women’s coxless pair: Athletes TBC
Women’s coxless four: Athletes TBC
Women’s eight: Athletes TBC

Rugby Sevens

By finishing in the top four of the world series, the Australian women’s team have already made it into the Olympics.

The men will have to rely on winning either the Oceania championship in November, or the final qualification tournament in June, 2020.


350 athletes will qualify for the Olympics in sailing, a slight reduction from four years ago. The fight for spots began back in 2018 and will run until February 2020.


As it stands, here are the Australian athletes who have qualified and their events, with more likely to come in Oceanic qualifying events during the coming months.

Individual events
Men’s Laser: Matthew Wearn
Women’s Laser Radial: Zoe Thomson

Team events
Men’s 470 series: Matthew Belcher and William Ryan
Women’s 470 series: Nia Jerwood and Monique Devries
Women’s 49er FX: Natasha Bryant, Annie Wilmot
Mixed Foiling Nacra 17: Nathan Outteridge, Haylee Outteridge


Events between August 2018 and May 28, 2020 will determine which 300 shooters from around the world make the Olympics.

World Rankings as of May 31, 2020 will also determine two spots per event across the 15 different events, while reallocation of unused spots in July, 2020 will be the final chance.

Most events where Australian athletes could qualify have already passed, however, the Oceania Championships, to be held in Sydney during November, 2020 will have one spot up for grabs per event.

Australia have already qualified three athletes for the Games.


Men’s trap: James Willett
Women’s trap: Laetisha Scanlan, Penny Smith


Skateboarding is split into four events, being park and street for both women’s and men’s competition.

Each nation can qualify up to three athletes in each event, while there will be a grand total of 20 athletes in each of the four events.

World Championship events, from October 2019 to June 2020 will determine three of the athletes, while Japan, as host nation, gets one. The remaining 16 places will be decided by world rankings on June 1, 2020.


Australia will have a chance to qualify for the Softball tournament in September, 2019 at an event featuring teams from Asia and the Oceania, with just one spot on offer to the champions.

This will be held in Shanghai.


Sport climbing

While each nation can enter a maximum of two athletes in men’s and women’s competition, Australia didn’t qualify any at the World Championships in August, 2019.

Instead, they will have to rely on the berth available at the Oceania Championships , which will be held in Sydney during April, 2020, or any of the six positions available at the final Olympic qualifying tournament, to be held in November, 2019.


There will be 20 participants in both the men’s and women’s competition. The 2019 World Surf League rankings will be used to confirm the majority of participants, with two per nation in each competition being the maximum allowable amount.

As it stands, Owen Wright and Julian Wilson and Ryan Callinan are all in with a chance at qualifying, while Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore are almost certainties in women’s competition.

Places will also be allocated at the ISA World Surfing Games in September 2019 and April 2020, however, Australian surfers would be only eligible to claim the Oceanic entry spot if the two quota positions weren’t used by ranking positions in the World Surf League rankings.



The swimming team will not be announced until after the national championships, which will be held from June 14 to June 19, 2020 in Adelaide, meaning the make-up of the large team won’t be known until just weeks before the Games.

Table tennis

National teams for table tennis competition can be of up to six athletes which is formed across singles and doubles.

Australia’s qualification events begin with the doubles in December, and move into 2020 to complete singles events.


64 men and 64 women will qualify for the game. A majority of these spots are handed out through world rankings, however, an Oceania qualifying tournament, to be held on the Gold Coast in February 2020, will also determine some spots for Australian athletes.

There are eight events across Taekwondo, with countries allowed to enter one competitor per event should they qualify.



In the singles competitions, 64 men and women will take part. 56 of those spots are based on world rankings, which will be taken on June 8, 2020. However, no more than four players per country may participate, while players must have also been available for at least two Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties in the preceding years.

In doubles, the competition is 32 teams each for men’s and women’s. These are again done through rankings for the top ten spots, before combined rankings of already qualified singles players is used.

Mixed doubles will not have any qualification or quota spots, rather, simply being selected from the field already in the singles and doubles events.


55 men and 55 women will qualify for the triathlon events at the 2020 Olympic Games. Up to three athletes of each gender from each country may make the biggest event in the world, with Australia, based on world rankings, tipped to qualify the maximum amount. Rankings will be taken on May 20, 2020.


Both Australia’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams are in with a chance of travelling to Tokyo, however, after both teams missed out a berth at recently completed intercontinental qualifiers.

One spot is available at an Asian qualification tournament early in 2020, so the Australian teams would need to win their respective tournaments to make the Olympics.


Water Polo

Both the men’s Australian Sharks and women’s Australian Stingrays team have confirmed their place in the 2020 Olympics, handed the Oceanic automatic place.

The squads for both sides won’t be announced until closer to the start of the Olympics. Each team will carry 13 players.


The majority of weightlifting athletes will be known in April of 2020 based on world rankings.


There will be 18 events across men’s freestyle and greco-roman, as well as women’s freestyle. Every nation is allowed to enter a maximum of one athlete per event, should they qualify.

Australia’s athletes will have two chances to qualify – with six berths available at all events in the World Championships, which will be held in September, 2019 and a further two at a combined African and Oceanian qualifying tournament, the date of which has not yet been set.


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