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Notoane wants common sense to prevail

South Africa under-23 coach David Notoane is hopeful that none of his 'over-age players' will miss the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Tokyo 2020 was cancelled as the world struggles to come to grips with the spread of the Coronavirus.

It is expected that the quadrennial international sporting event will now take place in 2021.

A maximum of three players over the age of 23 are allowed to take part at the Olympics, but with the competition being pushed back a year, the move raises questions over who might miss out.

Notoane told KickOff: "The issue of age will be directed [to the IOC], but I’m sure logic will really say that the current age group should still be the one going to the Olympics, which is those born in 1997."

Notoane selecting a whopping 78 players, with that list set to be reduced to a final squad of 22 players.

He added: "So, look, the good thing for me, now people can understand why I did the preliminary list of 78 players, and you can see the visionary planning ahead in my mind.

"Because it was more about looking at a pool of players that were available in this age category, while also recognising during the qualification processes some interesting players from the ’98, ’99 and ’00 age-groups that are playing at very good levels locally and in Europe.

"So, this one year will give everyone a fair opportunity to stake their claim in the final team that we’ll be taking to the Olympics next year."