Vietnamese athletes have been forced to cancel their flight to Poland in order to compete in the World Athletics Relays as a way of qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Initially World Athletics Relays had been planning to welcome a total of 560 athletes from over 30 countries worldwide.
The Vietnamese track-and-field team consists of six athletes, namely Quach Cong Lich, Tran Dinh Son, Tran Nhat Hoang, Nguyen Thi Huyen, Quach Thi Lan, and Nguyen Thi Hang.
They had been due to depart on April 29 and compete in the mixed 4x400m event during the World Athletics Relays which were held on May 1 and May 2 in Poland.
Due to the complicated spread of the COVID-19 pandemic globally, the national team was forced to cancel their trip, thereby missing out on the chance to secure further places to compete in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Currently, Vietnam has six slots for its athletes to participate in the Tokyo Olympics this summer. They are two gymnasts Le Thanh Tung and Dinh Phuong Thanh, swimmer Nguyen Huy Hoang, boxer Nguyen Van Duong, and archers Nguyen Hoang Phi Vu and Do Thi Anh Nguyet, all of whom have successfully qualified.