Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 Nomination Criteria



Climbing New Zealand

1. Application of this Nomination Criteria

1.1 This Nomination Criteria is issued by the Board of Climbing New Zealand.

1.2 This Nomination Criteria shall take effect from 1 August 2018.

1.3 This Nomination Criteria applies to:

(a) all Athletes wishing to be considered for nomination to the Games Team to compete in the Games in a Climbing Event; and

(b) Climbing New Zealand, including its Selectors, that wish to nominate Athletes to NZOC to be considered for selection to the Games Team for the Games.

2.  Selectors

2.1  Composition: The Selectors have been appointed by Climbing New Zealand Management Committee. The Selectors who will consider nomination of Athletes to NZOC to be considered for selection in the Games Team are:

Rob Moore, Peter Lofthouse, Zane Bray

3.  Nomination Procedure

3.1  Conditions of Nomination: The Selectors may only consider an Athlete for nomination if the Athlete has satisfied the following conditions of nomination:

(a)  returned a completed Athlete Application to the NZOC, in the form prescribed by the NZOC by the following dates (“Application Date”):

i.  no later than 5.00pm Friday 24 September 2019; or

  1. in exceptional circumstances where Climbing New Zealand provides NZOC with evidence that demonstrates that the Athlete could not have been reasonably in contemplation before 24 January 2020 (or such extended date as agreed by the NZOC Board); and

(b)  returned a completed Athlete Agreement to the NZOC, in the form prescribed by the NZOC prior to the Nomination Date; and

(c) demonstrated to the satisfaction of Climbing New Zealand that they are not suffering any physical or mental impairment that would prevent them from competing in the Games to the highest possible standard; and

(d)  acted in such a manner so as not to bring the Athlete, the sport, Climbing New Zealand or the NZOC into public disrepute; and

(e)  receive an invitation by name from IFSC to participate in the Games; and

(f)  hold a valid international licence issued by the IFSC for the Olympic Games year as at 6 July 2020; and

(g)  to Climbing New Zealand’s knowledge has not used or administered any substance which, if it had been detected as being present in the Athlete’s body tissue or fluids, would have constituted doping, or used any prohibited method or committed any other doping offence as defined in Climbing New Zealand’s, IFSC’s or NZOC’s Integrity Regulation; and

(h)  from 24 January 2020 (or such extended date as agreed by the NZOC Board) has provided their name and contact address details to NZOC for the purpose of out of competition drug testing with Drug Free Sport New Zealand.

3.2  Qualification: New Zealand must qualify for places in a Climbing Event(s) in accordance with IFSC’s Qualification System for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (“IFSC Qualification System”) and/or IFSC’s requirements for the Games. Qualification for a place in any Climbing Event by an Athlete does not guarantee that Athlete will be nominated or selected to compete in the Climbing Event at the Games.

3.3  Nomination if Nomination Criteria Met: Provided the requirements set out in clause 3.1 and 3.2 are met, the Selectors shall nominate those Athletes it considers meet the Nomination Criteria set out below.

4.  Nomination Criteria

4.1  Nomination Criteria: The Climbing New Zealand Nomination Criteria for nomination to the Games Team is made up of two parts:

(a)  the Over-Riding Nomination Criteria specified in clause 4.2; and

(b)  the Specific Nomination Factors specified in clause 4.3.

4.2  Over-Riding Nomination Criteria:

(a)  In determining whether or not to nominate an Athlete to Climbing Event, the Selectors must be satisfied overall that the Athlete:

  1. is capable of achieving a top 16 placing at the Games in the Individual Event, with the potential to win an Olympic Diploma (top 8 placing); and
  2. has a track record of sufficient quality and depth that Climbing New Zealand believes demonstrates the Athlete will be competitive at the Games and will perform creditably in the Climbing Event.

(b)  In determining whether or not the Athlete has met the Over-Riding Nomination Criteria for Climbing Events in clause 4.2(a) above, the Selectors shall consider the Athlete’s performances and results in the Climbing Event at which they seek to be selected for the Games in the following Key Events during the period 1 August 2018 to 30 May 2020:

Mandatory Event
2020 Oceania Championships, Sydney 19/20 April 2020

Secondary Events

Plus a minimum of TWO of the following events:
i)  2019 IFSC World Championships (event TBC by IFSC)
ii)  2019 IFSC World Cups bouldering, lead or speed
iii)  2020 Olympic Games Special Qualification Event (TBC by IFSC)

4.3  Specific Nomination Factors: When considering the Over-Riding Nomination Criteria above, the Selectors may also take into account any one or more of the following factors about an Athlete:

(a)  any other performances or results in competitions / events in addition to the Key Events;

(b)  adequate fitness and a commitment to maintain a fitness and training programme as agreed with the applicable coach(es);

(c)  demonstrated good behaviour, including a commitment to training and attendance at training camps;

(d)  demonstrated compatibility with others in a team environment;

(e)  demonstrated compliance with the rules of events and competitions;

(f)  understanding and respect for the obligations that accompany being a member of a New Zealand team when competing at the Games, including respect for team members and support staff;

(g)  willingness to promote Climbing New Zealand in a positive manner;

(h)  demonstrated ability to take personal responsibility for self and their results;

(i)  proven ability to be reliable; and

(j)  any other factor(s) the Selectors consider relevant.

4.4  Own Enquiries: In considering any one or more of the above factors, the Selectors may make such enquiries of the Athlete, or other persons, as they see fit.

4.5  Weight to be Given to Specific Nomination Factors: The Selectors may give weight to any one or more of the Specific Nomination Factors and, if it does, to apply such weighting to one or more Athletes. No particular factor shall be weighted more or less significantly by reason only of the order in which that factor appears in this Nomination Criteria.

4.6  Extenuating Circumstances: In any decision regarding the nomination of Athletes to the Games Team, the Selectors may, in their sole discretion, take into account any extenuating circumstances in accordance with clause 5 below.

4.7  Nomination Procedure: After consideration of this Nomination Criteria, the Selectors shall follow the procedure set out in clause 9 of the NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation.

5.  Extenuating Circumstances

5.1  Extenuating Circumstances: In considering the nomination of Athletes in accordance with this Nomination Criteria, the Selectors may, in their sole discretion, give weight to any extenuating circumstances which may include, but are not limited to, the following:

(a)  injury or illness;

(b)  travel delays;

(c)  equipment failure;

(d)  bereavement or personal misfortune; and/or

(e)  any other factors reasonably considered by the Selectors to constitute extenuating circumstances.

5.2  Athlete to Advise: Athletes unable to compete at events, trials, or other attendances required under this Nomination Criteria, must advise the President of the extenuating circumstances and reasons, in writing, with as much advance notice as possible and ideally seven (7) days prior to the commencement of the event, trial or other attendance. If the President is not notified of any extenuating circumstances in accordance with this Nomination Criteria, then the Selectors have no obligation to rely on such circumstances.

5.3  Medical Certificate: In the case of injury or illness, Athletes may be required by the Selectors to provide a medical certificate and/or to undergo an examination by a health practitioner/s nominated by the Selectors, and to provide that opinion and/or report to the Selectors. Any failure to agree to such a request may result in the Selectors being unable to consider the injury or illness as an extenuating circumstance.

5.4  Case by Case: In the case of any extenuating circumstance/s, the Selectors will make a decision on a case-by-case basis.

6.  Appeal Procedure

6.1  Nomination Appeals: An Athlete may appeal to Climbing New Zealand against their non-nomination to the NZOC by the Selectors provided that the Athlete has returned a completed:

(a)  Athlete Application to the NZOC by the Application Date; and

(b)  Athlete Agreement to the NZOC by the Nomination Date.

6.2  Procedures for Nomination Appeals: Any appeal under paragraph 6.1 must be made in accordance with the procedures set out in clause 13 of the NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation.

7.  Inconsistencies

7.1  NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation: In the event there is any inconsistency between this Nomination Criteria and the NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation, the NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation shall prevail.

7.2  IFSC Qualification System: If this Nomination Criteria imposes a higher qualification standard or a lesser number of participants than stated by the IFSC Qualification System, this shall not be regarded as an inconsistency.

8.  Amendments to this Nomination Criteria

8.1  Prior to Nomination Date: This Nomination Criteria may be amended or supplemented from time to time by the Board, before the Nomination Date, provided NZOC has approved the amendment/s and supplement/s.

8.2  Notice: The Board will give as much notice as possible of any amendment/s or supplement/s made under clause 8.1 to this Nomination Criteria, to persons it considers may be affected by any such amendment/s or supplement/s.

9.  Definitions

9.1  Application Date means the dates set out in clause 3.1(a), by which Athletes must submit a completed Athlete Application in accordance with clause 8.3 of the NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation.

9.2  Athlete means a person who wishes to be considered for nomination to the Games Team.

9.3  Athlete Agreement means the agreement that must be completed by any Athlete wishing to be considered for nomination and selection to the Games Team in accordance with clause 8.4 of the NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation.

9.4  Athlete Application means the form set by the NZOC that must be completed by any Athlete applying to be nominated and selected to the Games Team.

9.5  Board means the Board of Climbing New Zealand as constituted under the Constitution.

9.6  Climbing Event means an event in the Games in which an Athlete competes in a men’s or women’s combined (bouldering, lead and speed) event.

9.7  Climbing New Zealand means Climbing New Zealand Incorporated.

9.8  Constitution means the Constitution of Climbing New Zealand.

9.9  Games means the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 24 July – 9 August 2020.

9.10  Games Team means the New Zealand Team at the Games selected in accordance with the NZOC Selection Policy for the Games.

9.11  IFSC means the International Federation of Sports Climbing.

9.12  Key Events mean international, continental or national competition listed in clause 4.2(b) which is a major or pinnacle event for the sport or is at least the equivalent of a World Cup or World Championship, and have an equivalent field to that which is likely to occur at the Games.

9.13  Nominated Athlete means an Athlete who has been nominated to the NZOC by Climbing New Zealand.

9.14  Nomination Criteria means the criteria made up of the Over-Riding Nomination Criteria and the Specific Nomination Factors, and is also referred to as “this Criteria”.

9.15  Nomination Date means the date, as agreed by the NZOC (and includes any alternative date as agreed between NZOC and Climbing New Zealand), by which Climbing New Zealand must submit any Nominated Athletes to the NZOC.

9.16  NZOC means the New Zealand Olympic Committee Incorporated.

9.17  NZOC Nomination and Selection Regulation means the regulation of the NZOC relation to the nomination and selection process for all Olympic and Commonwealth games, including the Games.

9.18  Over-Riding Nomination Criteria means the criteria set out in clause 4.2.

9.19  President means the President of Climbing New Zealand and includes his / her nominee.

9.20  Selectors means the selectors appointed by Climbing New Zealand in accordance with clause 2 of this Nomination Criteria.

9.21  Specific Nomination Factors means the nomination factors set out in clause 4.3.