Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
But those that get to compete in the DL are the same athletes that don't need to compete in the DL for qualification purposes because the have the big Q. And those athletes also don't need to be ranked at all. Muhammad ran 53.61 on May 3rd in Doha, as far as the IAAF is concerned, she doesn't have to compete until Tokyo and still qualify. In effect, the new qualification system allows top athletes to not compete for a year, while forcing "mediocre" athletes to compete more.
Only if their federations will select them. While many do not have a strict a system as the USA, they will often require athletes to at least compete at a trial or show fitness.