A report published by Inside the Games on Monday revealed that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will limit the number of track and field athletes allowed to participate at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. 2,231 track athletes competed at the 2012 Olympics in London, but that number will be limited to 2,000 for Rio.
Nick Davis, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) deputy general secretary, addressed the cap:
It is no problem for us and this has been done in consultation with us and with our full support. London was an aberration as the AAF has always accepted 2,000 as our Olympic quota.
Sebastian Coe, the vice-president of the IAAF, was similarly nonchalant about the news, saying “we were over-quoted in London, so it’s back to what it should have been.”
There is some speculation being thrown out that the reduction is due in part to track and field’s diminishing popularity at the Olympics compared to sports like swimming and gymnastics.
[Source: Inside the Games]