Here are the Apparatus World Cups. They really need to re-think this. No qualification events in the Americas or east Asia? All four competitions in a relatively compact geographic area? Its not at all equitable and really puts gymnasts from far away at an incredible disadvantage.
Wow, I was thinking “They can’t make things worse” but when you consider that we had all those specialists winning medals, and this will prohibit some, perhaps quite a bit of that, then, yes, they maybe did.
Many of these individuals would have been on a 5 person team however. I can see how China MAG might have been a bit of a hard time to choose, but that has always been the case for them. Most likely Zou Jingyuan would have gone to Tokyo as his pbars score alone is huge for China’s team effort.
Hwever, Zapata would have been on a 5 person Spanish team, as would Shin jea-hwan for Korea.
For WAG, Guan Chenchen would likely have been on the Chinese 5 person team. But Ilyankova would likely have not been on the team over Geraminisova. But Ilyankova is not from World Cup qualification though.
So I don’t see a huge issue with this route instead.
Ilyanka was completely redundant as well. The only major WAG player that would not have made it to Tokyo based on this system was Yeo, but with the major teams not able to participate in the world cups to earn individuals (this is a very good change), she would have sailed through. Iordache and Chusovitina would have also had many more avenues for qualifying.