Some of the biggest achievements of the Tokyo Olympics so far have come from teenage athletes. Team GB’s Sky Brown won a bronze medal in skateboarding at the age of 13, and US team sprinter Erriyon Knighton made his way to the men’s 200m final in the age 17.
All the young blood at this year’s Olympics has made people wonder what is the minimum age requirement for athletes to compete in the Olympics.
How old do you have to be to compete in the Olympic Games?
You may be surprised to learn that there is no minimum age requirement to participate in the Olympics.
The Olympic Games website states: “There is no specific age limit for participating in the Olympic Games. It depends on each international sports federation. [ISF] and the rules it issues for its sport. “
Each sport has an ISF, which is responsible for organizing qualifying events and determining whether an athlete meets all the requirements set out in the Olympic Charter.
Who is the youngest athlete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics?
Syrian Olympic table tennis athlete Hend Zaza is the youngest person to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Born January 1, 2009, she was only 12 years old, 7 months old at the time of competition.
Who is the youngest athlete to compete in the Olympics?
The youngest Olympic medalist in a team event is Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras, who competed in the 11896 Olympics at the age of 10 years and 218 days. He was part of the bronze team on parallel bars.
While the youngest individual Olympic champion is the American Marjorie Gestring. She won the 3m springboard event at the 1936 Berlin Olympics at the age of 13 years and 268 days.
Who is the oldest Olympic champion?
Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn won Olympic gold in the 100m double shooters team event at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. He was 72 years and 279 days old at the time of competition.
The oldest Olympian is American Eliza Pollock, who won a gold medal at the 1904 Olympics. She won the archery competition at the age of almost 64.