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Australian Olympic Team for Tokyo 2021

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Australia is yet to confirm the team who will travel to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, however, as it starts to be announced, you’ll be able to find the full Australian Olympic team.

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

The two sports introduced last time, 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 2021 Games for the first time.

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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 championship or by achieving a set score or time at approved events throughout the year.

After nomination, an athlete must then be selected by the Australian Olympic Committee (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 closer to the games, while other teams 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. The specific athletes will not be revealed until a later date by the Australian selection panel.

No Australian woman has qualified at this stage, however, they will have a chance to do so at an Oceania qualification tournament, which will be held in Suva, Fiji in April.

The athletes who qualify for the mixed event will qualify at the Olympic Games themselves.

Men’s team: TBC

Artistic swimming

Artistic swimming is a women’s only event at the 2021 Olympics. Australia have qualified a full team of eight athletes to travel to the Games. They will be announced at a later date.

Duet: TBC
Team: TBC



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

Stewart McSweyn (men’s 5000m) and Jessica Hull (women’s 5000m) have secured their places in the track and road events following success at the Melbourne Track Classic.

Australian athletics team (not finalised)
Stewart McSweyn (men’s 5000m), Jessica Hull (women’s 5000m)


Badminton qualification for the 2021 Olympics is underway and will conclude on April 30, with world rankings determining which players go to the Olympics from around the world.

Nations may enter up to a maximum of three players in each tournament, with the top 16 in the world included automatically, and players thereafter selected via a mix of rankings and nations. In doubles, this is only the top eight.

As of March 2020, Australia’s best chance for qualification will be women’s doubles pair Setyana Mapasa and Gronya Somerville. Women’s singles player Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen and men’s singles player Luke Wraber are also in the running.



Australia’s baseball team will have one more chance to qualify for the Olympics, having failed to gain the automatic spot on offer at the Premier 12 tournament in November.

They now need to win the six-team final qualifying tournament in Taiwan, that will run from April 1 to April 5, to qualify. They’ll be up against the Netherlands, China, Taiwan and the second and third-place teams from the Americas qualifying event.


Both the men’s team – the Boomers – and the women’s team – the Opals – have qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games.

They will name their 12-player rosters closer to the date.

Boomers squad

Andrew Bogut

(Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)


Opals squad

Basketball 3×3

3×3 Basketball is a new sport for the 2021 Games, with world rankings and a tournament in 2020 set to decide the make-up of the teams. Australia’s women’s team are currently in the qualification process, but the men’s team is not in the running.

Beach Volleyball

Most beach volleyball spots for the Olympics are given out in June, once the world rankings have been settled. It appears very unlikely as of March that any Australians will qualify.


At the 2021 Olympics, there has been a reduction in the number of weight classes. Men will now have eight events, and women five. Australian boxers will look to qualify at the March 3-11 Asia and Oceania qualifying tournament in Jordan.

Nations can have a maximum of one place per event, meaning the boxing team could be anywhere from zero to 13 members.



In the salom discipline of canoeing, there will be four events – the K-1 and C-1 across both men’s and women’s.

National Olympic Confederations can qualify a maximum of one boat per event, with Australia earning spots in the men’s K1, and the women’s C-1 at the 2019 World Championships.

Australia also qualified for the men’s C-1 at the 2020 Oceania Championships.

Men’s C-1: TBC
Men’s K-1: TBC
Women’s C-1: Jessica Fox
Women’s K-1: Jessica Fox

Australia have boats qualified for the men’s K-2 1000m, K-4 500m and C-1 1000m, as well as the women’s K-2 500m, K-4 500m and C-2 500m. While the boats have been qualified, like in the slalom events, individual athlete names are not yet known and will be revealed at a later date.

Men’s K-2 1000m: TBC
Men’s K-4 500m: TBC
Men’s C-1 1000m: TBC
Women’s K-2 500m: TBC
Women’s K-4 500m: TBC
Women’s C-2 500m: TBC



In the BMX races at the 2021 Games, 24 spots per gender will be allocated, with the rankings to determine 21 of those spots, and world championships, to be held during early 2020 in China, to assign the remainder.

In the freestyle events, only nine spots are available per gender, with rankings to decide six spots, and the world championships, which were held in China at the end of 2019, determining the rest.

Australia have qualified for the women’s BMX freestyle competition after the World Championships.

Women’s BMX Freestyle: TBC

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, meaning Australia should have between one and three athletes in each race, pending on their final position.

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 thanks to one of the nation’s athletes finishing in the top ten at the recent road world championships.

Men’s road race team: TBC
Women’s road race team: TBC
Men’s individual time trial: TBC
Women’s individual time trial: TBC

Rohan Dennis in the yellow jersey

(Team Sky)

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.

This will all be determined when world rankings are taken in 2020.


There are still some events to come for diving qualification, however, Australia currently have four athletes with their ticket to Tokyo booked in.

Their selection is contingent on them competing at the 2020 Australian Open Championships.

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



Equestrian at the 2021 Olympic Games will once again be split into three disciplines, being dressage, eventing and jumping.

Australia, through performances at various qualifying tournaments, have already confirmed their position in the Olympics with the maximum number of athletes – being nine, split across the three disciplines.

It means there will be three individual performers, and a team, entered into each event for Australia.

Dressage: TBC
Eventing: TBC
Jumping: TBC

Field Hockey

At the Oceania qualifying tournament, the men’s Kookaburras team were successful in making the Olympics, however, the women’s Hockeyroos team fell to New Zealand.

The Hockeyroos however, made it through to the Olympics on their second chance, beating Russia in a qualification tie, which was played in Perth.

Final rosters for both the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos will include 16 players for the Olympics, however, their 27-player squads for 2021 can be found below. The final 16 will be selected out of these groups.


Kookaburras 2020 contracted squad
Jacob Anderson, Daniel Beale, Josh Beltz, Tim Brand, Andrew Charter (gk), Tom Craig, Matthew Dawson, Johan Durst (gk), Nathan Ephraums, Blake Govers, Jake Harvie, Jeremy Hayward, Tim Howard, Tyler Lovell (gk), Kurt Lovett, Trent Mitton, Eddie Ockenden, Flynn Ogilvie, Lachlan Sharp, Josh Simmonds, Matthew Swann, Jack Welch, Corey Weyer, Jacob Whetton, Tom Wickham, Dylan Wotherspoon, Aran Zalewski.

(AAP Image/Supplied by World Sport Pics/Koen Suyk)

Hockeyroos 2020 contracted squad
Laura Barden, Jocelyn Bartram (gk), Edwina Bone, Emily Chalker, Jane Claxton, Kalindi Commerford, Madison Fitzpatrick, Greta Hayes, Kate Jenner, Jodie Kenny, Stephanie Kershaw, Rachael Lynch (GK), Rosie Malone, Karri McMahon, Georgina Morgan, Gabi Nance, Kaitlin Nobbs, Brooke Peris, Karri Somerville, Grace Stewart, Renee Taylor, Sophie Taylor, Ashlee Wells (GK), Mariah Williams, Georgia Wilson.


Athletes to compete in fencing at the 2021 Olympics will be mainly decided by official world ranking spots on April 4.

In teams events, there will be eight teams per event, with teams across all three disciplines (epee, foil or Saber) composed of three athletes. The top four teams in each event qualify, while, provided they are ranked in the top 16, the next best-ranked from each zone (Asia-Oceania is considered one zone) will qualify.

Any fencer in the team competition will be placed into individual competition in their specific discipline automatically, while more spots based on rankings and zones are then handed out beyond that.


The men’s Olympic competition is strictly for players under 23. The Olyroos have qualified, while the Matildas need to defeat Vietnam in a two-leg series in March to do the same.


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, and the women on June 29. 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.


Tyson Bull has qualified for the horizontal bar event, while Australia have also secured one spot in the women’s all-around.



Australia’s men’s and women’s handball teams were both unsuccessful in their attempts to qualify for Tokyo 2021.


Australia will be able to 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.

Edward Fernon (men) and Marina Carrier (women) have qualified.


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: TBC
Men’s coxless pair: TBC
Men’s coxless four: TBC
Men’s eight: Athletes TBC
Women’s double sculls: TBC
Women’s coxless pair: TBC
Women’s coxless four: TBC
Women’s eight: 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’s team also qualified for the Olympics by winning the Oceania Championships late in 2019.

Women’s rugby sevens squad

Men’s rugby sevens squad


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 ran until the end of February.


As it stands, here are the Australian athletes who have qualified and their events.

Individual events
Men’s Laser: Matthew Wearn
Men’s Finn: TBC
Women’s Laser Radial: TBC

Team events
Men’s 470 series: Matthew Belcher, Will Ryan
Men’s 49er: William Phillips, Sam Phillips
Women’s 470 series: TBC
Women’s 49er FX: Tess Lloyd, Jaime Ryan
Mixed Foiling Nacra 17: Jason Waterhouse, Lisa Darmanin


Events running up until May 28 will determine which 300 shooters from around the world make the Olympics.

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

Australia have already qualified 15 athletes for the Games; eight men and seven women. The team that travels to Tokyo will be announced closer to the date.



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.


Softball is a women’s only tournament. Australia won the Oceania and Asian qualifying tournament in September of 2019 and, as such, will be featured in the six-team tournament at the Olympics.

Rosters will be made up of 15 players.

Australian softball squad

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.

Instead, they will have to rely on the berth available at the Oceania Championships, which will be held in Sydney during March.


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

This saw Julian Wilson and Owen Wright qualify in the men’s shortboard, as well as Sally Fitzgibbons and Stephanie Gilmore in the women’s shortboard.


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

Kareena Lee is the only swimmer who’s been officially named to the Tokyo team.


Australian swimming team (not finalised)
Kareena Lee (Marathon Swimming)

Mack Horton looks on after winning a race.

(AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

Table tennis

Australia have entered the maximum of two singles participants in both the men’s and women’s tournaments, with those same athletes also qualifying in the team events. They did this following success at the Oceania qualification event in December.

Men’s table tennis: David Powell, Chris Yan (both competing in singles and together in the team event).
Women’s table tennis: Michelle Bromley, Stephanie Sang (both competing in singles and together in the team event).


The majority of Taekwondo spots are handed out through world rankings, however, an Oceania qualifying tournament in February 2020 saw four Australians – two men and two women – qualify.

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


Australian taekwondo team
Men’s -58kg: Safwan Khalil
Men’s -80kg: Jack Marton
Women’s -57kg: Stacey Hymer
Women’s +67kg: Reba Stewart


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. 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 are 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 2021 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.



Both Australia’s men’s and women’s volleyball teams failed to qualify for Tokyo 2021.

Water Polo

Both the men’s Australian Sharks and women’s Australian Stingrays team have confirmed their place in the 2021 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.

Sharks squad

Stingrays squad



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 didn’t qualify through the World Championships in September. Instead, they will need to do so at the African and Oceania qualification tournament in March.

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