In a smaller cycle, of just three years, the year 2022, the first post-Tokyo, has a gigantic importance in the preparation for Paris 2024. Not only because we will have several competitions already qualifying for the Olympics, but because the World Championships of each one of the modalities will give a parameter of how the country is in this cycle.
Ana Marcela Cunha tries to maintain, in 2022, the podium routine at World Cups — Photo: Reuters
It is still too early to make any kind of projection of medals for Brazil for 2024, not because of the remaining time (two and a half years) but because of the lack of parameters. And the year 2022 will give us a great thermometer of how each Brazilian sport will be, whether these athletes and teams will arrive with a chance of medals in Paris 2024.
The last cycle, which lasted five years, was the best in Brazilian history. Even with the drop in public investment and the end of the Ministry of Sports, the funds were better used, the results appeared and, using the extra year of the cycle very well, the national sport managed to end the Tokyo Olympics with a medal record (21 ), the all-time best position on the medals table (12th place) and the equaled gold record (seven).
Bia Ferreira has women’s boxing Worlds earlier this year — Photo: REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
The years 2009, 2013 and 2017, which were post-Olympics, were marked by the rest of many top athletes, a period to undergo surgery, get married, get pregnant, have children, risk a new partnership, new coach or a new category of Weight. On the other hand, many other athletes, in these years, chose to follow the work, compete, keep what had been done in previous seasons.
It can be said that the second half of 2021 was a kind of “post-Olympic season”. Many athletes have not participated in the World Championships of their modalities, while others have already started the cycle with important results. The period from August 2021 to January 2022 played the role that, in a four-year Olympic cycle, is the entire post-Olympic year.
This post-Tokyo semester was very good for Brazil. World titles in gymnastics (with Rebeca Andrade), surfing (with Gabriel Medina) and skateboarding (with Pamela Rosa), as well as medals at World Championships in boxing (Keno Machado), sailing (Martine and Kakena), swimming (4x200m freestyle relay) , weight lifting (Laura Amaro and Amanda Schott) and archery (Marcus Vinicius), and important results in table tennis, tennis and handball.
Erica de Sena will compete in the Athletics World Championship in race march — Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
The smaller cycle reduces the margin of error. The Tokyo Olympics ended “another day” and in the first half of 2022 we will already have qualifying competitions or that are worth points for the Paris 2024 ranking.
There will be 32 Olympic sports in Paris 2024 and practically all of them will have World Championships in 2022. The exceptions, in principle, are men’s basketball, men’s boxing, archery and women’s football. The timing of some modalities has yet to change, reflecting the coronavirus pandemic.
The number of Brazilian medals in these World Championships, the results of the tournaments of the new Olympic categories in sports such as boxing, weightlifting and slalom canoeing, and the possible emergence of new young names in national sport will give an indicator of what Paris 2024 will be like.
Guilherme Costa Brasil in Tokyo blog — Photo: Reproduction