China skateboarding team gearing up for 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers
China's national skateboarding team is preparing for the qualifying competitions for this summer's Tokyo Olympics. Skateboarding is one of five sports added specifically at these games with no guarantee it will return in later years, and Chinese skaters are sparing no efforts training in Nanjing.
While gearing up for the crucial qualifiers, Chinese skateboarder Zhang Xin said: "We are having closed training during the coronavirus outbreak, as we are practicing on some professional moves for the upcoming qualifying competition for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. We also pay attention to the news about the coronavirus. I hope the people at the front lines can conquer the virus as soon as possible and come back safely. Stay strong!"
There are 80 quota spots available for skateboarding, as each event will have 20 competitors qualify, comprising of 3 from the World Championships, 16 from world rankings, and 1 from the host, Japan.
At least three points contests are scheduled to be held in China ahead of the Olympics where the sport will feature male and female skateboarders in two disciplines: street and park. Zhang, who won silver medal in women's park at the 2018 Asian Games, is practicing hard in hopes of qualifying for Tokyo.