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2016 Olympic Games qualification process elaborated

Lausanne, Switzerland, December 4, 2012 – The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) Sports Events Council completed its annual two-day meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Tuesday by firming up the qualification process for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The 12 countries participating at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will qualify via the following criteria as per the FIVB Board of Administration decision earlier this year;
• Two teams from the 2015 World Cup
• One team from each Confederation (coming from the 2015 Continental Championships or a Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament to be played after the 2015 World Cup)
• One team from each of four World Olympic Qualification Tournaments due to take place in 2016.
• Host country

However the Sports Event Council, chaired by FIVB executive vice-president Aleksandar Boricic, finalised the individual qualification criteria to these events, which will be proposed to the FIVB Board of Administration in 2013 for final approval.

The 2015 FIVB Volleyball World Cup is proposed to be the first Olympic qualification event, taking place between August 22 and September 22. The proposed participants for the World Cup - which will feature 12 teams - is the host country, the 2014 world champions and two countries per confederation either via a continental tournament or the two highest ranked countries from the continental or FIVB ranking as of January 1, 2015.

The four 2016 World Olympic Qualification Tournaments will each feature a host country plus three other countries coming from the top two teams not yet qualified per confederation (decided either by the 2015 Continental Championships or other Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament plus two teams who, not yet qualified, are the highest ranked teams on the world rankings (not from the same continent).

The Council also confirmed that the FIVB Under 23 World Championships Open will have 12 participants per gender, to be filled by two countries from each continent to be determined by the confederations’ own qualification criteria, the highest ranked country in the senior FIVB world rankings and the host country.

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And with that, the dream of an Asian-born male competing in Handball at the 2016 Olympics dies.

Most of the qualification systems are here.

Psst - Canada's men's football team has qualified for the Olympics exactly twice (last in 84) since they won gold in 1904. Take a look at the countries that participate and do well in Olympic footba

Rio 2016 Olympics: only one berth for England, Wales and Scotland to 'qualify' GB team


England, Wales and Scotland are about to receive the shock news that only one of them will be allowed to 'qualify' the Great Britain sevens team for the Rio Olympics in 2016 after an IOC intervention to make the qualification as equitable as possible.

Hitherto, GB have been working under the impression that as long as one of the three British teams competing regularly on the HSBC World Series finished in the top four in the 2014-15 season that would automatically qualify a GB Olympic team which can then be picked from all three countries.

But not so. That system has caused much disquiet among other nations in that it effectively gives GB three shots at securing that desirable automatic Olympic qualification to every other team's one.

Teams that don't secure one of those four automatic slots will then have to compete in a continental tournament with one last route into the 12 team Olympics via a repechage tournament.

"We understand that the IOC will be asking the GB – the Home Unions concerned and the BOA – to nominate one of their national teams to act as Great Britain's qualifying side," said the IRB's new chief executive Brett Gosper.

"It would seem intrinsically unfair and undermine the integrity of the World Series for it to be otherwise. If that nominated GB nation does finish in the top four in the 2014-15 HSBC series, that side will have to qualify by another route. This will be the case even if one of the Home Union teams that wasn't nominated finishes in the top four."

Even the system outlined by Gosper is not without its weaknesses – the potential for collusion in some games wif the Home nations were drawn against each other would be there – but at least it doesn't start from a premis that is fundamentally unfair.

Such a system will heighten the interest in the HSBC World series for 2013-14 with the Home Union sides battling to become the domestic 'top dog' and assume the driving seat for the GB programme heading towards Rio.

GB would be free to select players from England, Wales and Scotland but the qualifying side would expect to form the rump of the squad.

It is understood that Ulster players who are contracted to the IRFU will not be considered although they would be free to contest that decision legally if they felt strongly enough about it. Olympic eligibility is passport based and a number of Ulster players who represent Ireland are UK passport holders.

If GB safely qualify via a top four in the 2014-15 World Series from their nominated team, Gosper has confirmed that there is no way that GB team can be accommodated in the HSBC 2015-2016 World series in order to clock up invaluable match-time together. "Again that would affect the integrity of the competition and would not be allowed. The three nations would of course still be eligible to compete in competition individually."

Which again is not a great deal of use to an embryo GB team who will have to consider organising a number of Invitation tournaments to get their game time together.

Potentially GB should be able to field a Sevens team capable of winning gold but actually building a mechanism to put that squad together is proving fiendishly difficult.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/9722224/Rio-2016-Olympics-only-one-berth-for-England-Wales-and-Scotland-to-qualify-GB-team.html

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Rio 2016 qualifying system for rugby sevens revealed

March 23 - Details of the men's qualifying system to be employed for Rio 2016, when rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut, have been revealed.

A total of 12 countries are due to compete in the tournament, which will mark the return of rugby to the Olympic programme for the first time since Paris 1924, when the full 15-a-side game was played, with the United States emerging as the winners.

There will be three stages of the qualification process, the first is the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Sevens Series, which will be used to qualify four teams from the 2014-2015 series, where the top teams at the end of the series in May 2015 will progress to Rio 2016.

Following that, between June and September of 2015, each of the six IRB regions will have an Olympic qualifications event where there will be one team from each of the six regions that will qualify for the Olympics, bringing up to 10 teams qualified.

The final stage of the process will involve a repechage tournament, it was revealed by Mark Egan, the IRB's head of competition and performance, during the Hong Kong Sevens.

Teams that have not qualified through the World Sevens Series, or their region, based on rankings and a quota system from each of the regions will have an opportunity to get a place at Rio 2016.

In that tournament one or two places may be on offer, depending on whether the IRB decide or note to offer host nation Brazil an automatic qualifying place.

Based on the end of 2011-2012, the last IRB World Seven Series, the teams in the qualifying positions would be New Zealand, Fiji, England and Samoa.

But England compete under a Team GB banner in the Olympics and it remains unclear as to how qualification for Britain would work, as England, Scotland and Wales all compete seperately in the World Sevens Series.

The qualifying system for the women has still to be announced.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/rugby-sevens/1013475-rio-2016-qualifying-system-for-rugby-sevens-revealed

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ITU announces 2016 Olympic Games qualification system

Following the recent approval by the IOC Executive Board, ITU today released the qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Games. The road to Rio is set to officially begin on May 15, 2014 at the World Triathlon Yokohama, giving athletes two years to secure their Olympic berths with the qualification period concluding on 15 May, 2016.

“It seems like just yesterday we were in London watching history be made,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “The return of the Olympic qualification period is always a very exciting time, as well as an important phase that spurs the development of our sport.”

A total of 55 men and 55 women will battle for a start position in Rio, with a maximum of three athletes sent to compete for the first eight National Olympic Committees (NOC) that qualify for positions. All remaining NOCs will have the opportunity to qualify no more than two triathletes.

After the number of spots is earned by each country, the NOC will then be responsible for selecting which of its eligible athletes will toe the line in Rio. To be eligible to participate in the Olympics, all athletes must meet one of the following requirements:

- Winning a quota place for their NOC at the ITU Continental Olympic Qualification Events;
- Winning a quota place for their NOC at the 2015 ITU World Olympic Qualification Event;
- Being among the top 140 in the ITU Olympic Qualification List;
- Being among the top 140 in the 2015 ITU World Triathlon Series Ranking;
- Being among the top 140 in the ITU Points List.

The host country is also guaranteed one quota place per gender, while another two qualification berths will be allocated by the Tripartite Commission Invitation. Please find the Rio 2016 Olympic Qualification Criteria here.

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Olympic Rugby Sevens Qualification Confirmed

(IRB.COM) Thursday 6 February 2014

The International Rugby Board has announced that the Brazil men’s and women’s teams will automatically qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rugby Sevens events.

Confirmation follows ratification by the International Olympic Committee of the inaugural Rugby Sevens qualification process that will feature a blend of the existing men’s and women’s Series structures, regional competitions and a world play-off, ensuring universal representation and the participation of the best teams and players.

The decision to automatically qualify the host nation in both the 12-team men’s and women’s competitions underscores the growing strength of Rugby in Brazil and the IRB’s commitment to further drive growth of the sport across a nation where Rugby participation has grown by more than 25 per cent since 2011.

IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: "The decision to include Brazil is good for Rugby, good for Brazil and good for the Games. Rugby in Brazil is experiencing rapid growth and inclusion will generate further impetus and excitement, while giving the Brazilian Rugby family and sports fans across the nation something really special to look forward to at their home Olympic Games."

"We are excited and honoured for Rugby Sevens to be making its Olympic Games debut in Rio and believe that the Games will be great for Rugby and Rugby will be great for the Games. We are working in partnership with the Rio 2016 Organising Committee and the IOC to deliver a Rugby Sevens event that delivers outstanding competition, showcases our most skilful players, delivers a very special vibrant atmosphere and engages new and young audiences around the world."

Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Nuzman said: “We are delighted that the IRB has taken this decision which will not only increase excitement for Rugby's return to the Olympic Games in Rio but also help create further positive momentum for the sport of Rugby in Brazil."

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The IRB will continue to collaborate with the Brazil Rugby Union and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee to further the profile and reach of the Game in Brazil in the countdown to the Games. In 2013 the IRB injected US$400,000 into Rugby in Brazil to enhance the Union's development and high performance structures, while 9,000 children were introduced to the sport for the first time through the IRB’s Get Into Rugby programme. On February 21-22 Sao Paulo will host the third round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series with Brazil currently ranked eighth.

Under the qualification structure for the men’s competition, four nations will qualify from the 2014/15 Sevens World Series, one nation from each of the six IRB regional competitions, one from the world play-off and automatic qualification for Brazil.

The women will follow a similar format with four teams confirmed via the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series, six from the regional competitions, the world play-off winner and automatic qualification for Brazil.

Lapasset added: "We are delighted to be announcing a truly global qualification structure that presents the opportunity for all our Member Unions to participate, ensures at least one team from each IRB region qualifies and delivers the best teams and players to ensure Rugby Sevens contributes significantly to the success of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games."

"This structure comes with the full support of our national Member Unions, who are excited at the prospect of competing on the world’s greatest sporting stage and showcasing Rugby Sevens to new audiences in Brazil and around the world."

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/\/\ That's what I've been railing about all along. Finally, someone's listened and it's time for the 4 fake 'nations' groups in the UK to just unite as one.

Sorry baron I am going to disagree. I know it must look odd from outside, but you will never get the four nations to unite in rugby outside of the Olympics. They'd rather not go to the Olympics than have to compete separately for the rest of the time. Rugby in Wales Scotland England and Ireland are too steeped in tradition - and rugby benefits hugely from it.

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/\/\ That's what I've been railing about all along. Finally, someone's listened and it's time for the 4 fake 'nations' groups in the UK to just unite as one.

With all due respect Baron, I find it quite disrespectful to name us as 4 fake nations. I personally would support the idea of 4 seperate nations competing seperately. But wouldn't go as far as calling my country Fake.

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/\/\ That's what I've been railing about all along. Finally, someone's listened and it's time for the 4 fake 'nations' groups in the UK to just unite as one.

baron... all four nations in UK were popular seperately not jointly and right now people were only know that UK were only a kingdom that aren't active in goverment...
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For the Rugby decision: the precedent was set by Curling, where by agreement between the home nations only Scotland can qualify for the Olympics. You can't have multiple teams trying to qualify an NOC for the Olympics while every other NOC is only allowed one shot.

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The qualification system for the 2016 Olympic Sailing Qualification has been published.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition regatta venue is the Marina da Glória with racing taking place inside and outside the Guanabara Bay and will feature 380 athletes competing across the following 10 events:

Men's Windsurfer - RS: X
Men's One Person Dinghy - Laser
Men's One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) - Finn
Men's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Men's Skiff - 49er

Women's Windsurfer - RS: X
Women's One Person Dinghy - Laser Radial
Women's Two Person Dinghy - 470
Women's Skiff - 49er FX

Mixed Multihull - Nacra 17

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) may enter a maximum of one boat per event, a total of 15 athletes (eight men and seven women).

Qualifcation Pathway
50% of the entry quota in each event shall be qualified from those best ranked NOCs in the corresponding events at the 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships.

The remaining places in each event shall be qualified from the 2015 Class World Championship and in a series of Continental Qualification Events sanctioned by ISAF, to finish by 1 June 2016 at the latest.

The inclusion for the first time by ISAF of Continental Qualification Events in the Qualification Pathway is an opportunity to develop sailing around the world and reflect the IOC Qualification System Principles. Key requirements of these Principles are to ensure the participation of the best athletes and ensure universality through continental representation.

Tripartite Commission Invitation Places allow NOCs which have traditionally sent small delegations to the Olympic Games to be represented at the next Games. For the first time ISAF has included four dedicated Tripartite quota places within the overall Athlete Quota providing an opportunity for those eligible NOCs to compete in the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy events.

ISAF will inform NOC's and Member National Authorities (MNA's) of Olympic quota places following each qualification regatta.

All NOC's, including the host country must confirm to ISAF the use of all quota places by 1 June 2016. After this date the unconfirmed quota places will be allocated according to the principles set out in the Qualification System.

Full details of the Qualification System will also be available in French.

For more details on the Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition visit the microsite at: http://www.sailing.org/2016-olympic-games.php

http://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/201402Rio2016QualificationSystemFINALSailingEN-%5B16399%5D.pdf

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Singles Maximum Reduced for Rio 2016

Qualification quotas for Men’s and Women’s Singles at the Rio 2016 Olympics are being brought in line with Doubles quotas – with a maximum of two players per National Olympic Committee (NOC) allowed.

This slight change in regulations differs from the London Olympics, where three singles players from an NOC could qualify if they were in the top four of the world rankings. For the Rio Olympics, the maximum quota for singles players from the same NOC will be two places if both players are ranked in the world’s top 16.

This is similar to the quota for doubles in which there is a maximum of two pairs per NOC if both pairs are ranked in the top eight.

The decision was made by the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Council while establishing qualification requirements for the Rio Olympics. Badminton World Federation (BWF) sees this as a greater opportunity for players from more NOCs to compete at the highest level.

The total quota per NOC will therefore be reduced from 18 to 16 (eight male and eight female players).

The other major change for the Rio Olympics is that the host country’s quota will be one player in each of the two singles categories only. The host will not be given a quota in doubles.

Most of the other criteria for Olympic qualification have been retained. The total quota for badminton is 172 places, of which six (three male and three female players) are reserved for Tripartite Commission Invitation Places; two (one male and one female singles player) reserved for the host country and the remaining 164 (82 male and 82 female players) are qualifiers/continental representatives based on world rankings.

The number of individual quota places in singles, including continental representation places (but excluding the quota for Tripartite Commission invitation and host country), is 34 for men and 34 for women. Added places may become available in singles if any players qualify in two events.

In doubles, the 16 highest-ranked pairs in each event will make the cut, taking into account the continental representatives.

The rankings of 5 May, 2016, will be used to determine the Olympic qualifiers in each of the five categories, from the ranking points accumulated in the period between 4 May 2015 and 1 May 2016. Participation in the following events will count: Thomas & Uber Cup; Sudirman Cup, World Championships; Superseries; Grand Prix Gold; Grand Prix; International Challenge; International Series; Future Series; Continental Championships (Individual and Team); any other international event sanctioned by BWF and with BWF approval as being part of the world ranking lists.

For further details: QUALIFICATION SYSTEM – GAMES OF THE XXXI OLYMPIAD – RIO 2016

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A total of 366 Quota places for the XXXI Olympiad will be distributed by the ISSF in designated quota qualifying competitions from the 1 August 2014 right to the 31 March 2016. In addition, 24 Tripartite Commission Invitation Places are available to eligible NOCs, for a total of 390 Quota Places.

The first qualifying competition will be the 51st ISSF World Championship in all events to be held in Granada (ESP) from the 6 to the 20 September 2014. There, 64 Quotas will be distributed at the 15 Olympic events of Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun shooting.

The Qualification System, the Quota Place distribution table and the list of qualifying competitions is available on the ISSF website, here: http://www.issf-sports.org/getfile.aspx?mod=docf&pane=1&inst=31&iist=29&file=OG_Rio_2016_-_ISSF_Qualification_System_EN_-_Version_Feb_2014.pdf

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AIBA opens bidding process for Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying events and World Championships

March 5 – The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has opened the bidding process for 10 international competitions, which include six Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying events and four World Championships.

Reflecting the change in the landscape of international boxing, many of the competitors looking to secure a berth in Rio will be targeting the six Olympic qualifying events, which will be run under the umbrella of the AIBA Open Boxing (AOB), AIBA Pro Boxing and World Series of Boxing (WSB) formats.

AIBA has revealed there will be four AOB continental Olympic qualifying events in Africa, the Americas, Asia/Oceania and Europe, which will see 115 men's places on offer, with the top three boxers in each weight category heading to Rio.

These events are scheduled to take place between February and April 2016.

A further 39 places will be available at an AOB World Olympic qualifying tournament which is pencilled in for June 2016.

Before then, an APB/WSB Olympic qualifying event in May 2016 will provide 26 boxers with the chance to secure a spot at the Games, following the completion of the APB and WSB competitions which will see 20 places go to the champion and challenger in each weight category of the APB world ranking, while 17 places are up for grabs in the WSB ranking with the top boxer in each class going to Rio 2016.

Twenty-three boxers will secure places in Rio at next year's World Championships in the Qatari capital of Doha.

On the women's side, AIBA has confirmed to insidethegames that the four continental qualifying events will run alongside the men's tournaments at the same time and same venue.

There will be 20 women's places allocated for Rio 2016 at these four tournaments in the flyweight, lightweight and middleweight categories.

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National federations are also being invited to bid for hosting rights to the 2016 Women's World Boxing Championships, which will be the ninth edition of the tournament.

The top four boxers in each weight category at this tournament will also make it to Rio.

This year's Women's World Boxing Championships take place in Jeju City, South Korea in November after original hosts Canada pulled out because they could not find a suitable venue.

The 2015 Women's Junior/Youth World Boxing Championships and the Junior World Boxing Championships are also part of the latest round of bidding.

AIBA has sent the bidding documents to all 195 member federations who have until June 30 to submit their completed bidding file to the world governing body.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/boxing/1018718-aiba-opens-bidding-process-for-rio-2016-olympic-qualifying-events-and-world-championships

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Race to qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games starts in 2014

The starting pistol for the race to the Rio 2016 Games will be fired this year. In the coming months, some of the 15,000 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who will compete in Brazil will take a major step towards their dream. Throughout 2014, athletes from at least 10 Olympic sports – including basketball, equestrian and sailing – and 12 Paralympic sports – including goalball, 7-a-side football and sitting volleyball – will earn qualification spots for the greatest sporting event on the planet.

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Highlights among Rio 2016 qualification events this year will be the men’s and women’s basketball world cups (in August-September and September-October, respectively), the sailing and shooting world championships (both in September) and the World Equestrian Games (August-September). At the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea (September-October) the winners of the men’s and women’s hockey competitions will secure their spots, while rugby and golf, which are both returning to the Olympic programme in 2016, will also begin their qualifying processes for Rio this year.

For Paralympic sports, the pace will be even faster. June and July will see five world championships decide places at Rio 2016 and dreams will continue to be realised – and hearts broken- until the end of the year, when 70 para-cyclists will qualify through the world ranking system.

The race to Rio is well and truly on.

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http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/news/race-to-qualify-for-rio-2016-olympic-and-paralympic-games-starts-in-2014

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Table Tennis

The Road to Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 Olympic Games, Starts in Baku

Baku, the capital and largest city in Azerbaijan, is where the road to the table tennis events at the 2016 Olympic Games, to be staged in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, begins.

The inaugural European Games will be held in Baku in June 2015; the winners of the respective Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events will qualify for the Rio Games.

Table tennis made its debut in the Olympic Games in 1988 in Seoul; after the successful London Games, table tennis was promoted in the group review system administered by the International Olympic Committee; now only eight Summer Olympic sports are ahead of table tennis. Four events, as in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, will be contested in Rio de Janeiro: Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Men's Team and Women's Teams

Changes Made for Simplification
"Compared to the last system some changes have been implemented to simplify the selection process, to make it easier to understand and to ensure that the best players participate in the Continental Qualification Tournaments”, said Judit Farago, ITTF Chief Executive Officer. “From now on I am sure that most of the players focus on their dream, some of them to become Olympians first time in Rio and for a few, maybe one day, to tread in the footsteps of the big trio, Jean Michel Saive, Zoran Primorac, Jörgen Persson; they all made history by playing in seven Olympic Games between 1988 and 2012."

Places Available
A total of 172 places will be available in Rio de Janeiro, 86 for men and 86 for women; qualification being completed in an intense 12 month period.

Each of the Men's Singles and Women's Singles events will be contested by between 64 to 70 players, with a maximum of two players per National Olympic Committee.

Continental qualification forms a major part of the process with 40 places being allocated as follows: Asia (11 places), Europe (11 places), Africa (6 places), Latin America (6 places), North America (3 places) and Oceania (3 places).

In addition there are 22 places by ITTF Olympic Singles Ranking; one Tripartite Commission Invitation place and one host country place

Team Event
The 16 men's and 16 women's teams comprise three players per team. The highest ranked team from each continent that has already two qualified players for the singles event secures direct qualification. The remaining 10 positions are allotted to the nine highest ranked teams that have two players qualified for the singles.

If less than nine countries have two players already qualified, the next best teams with one player qualified, secures a place in Rio de Janeiro. The 10th team quota will be allocated to the host nation if not yet qualified through the team selection process.

It is the responsibility of the respective National Olympic Committees to choose the additional player or players to join the singles players in the team event.

Riocentro the Home
The table tennis event at Rio 2016 will be held in Riocentro, it similar to the ExCel Exhibition Centre at London 2012, a major convention centre. Hall hall three will be dedicated for table tennis, holding up to 6,000 people, no doubt creating an electric atmosphere.

Qualification Procedure
Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games: The Qualification System – Full Explanation

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Olympic and Paralympic qualification systems confirmed for Rio

27/03/2014 - 08:23:00

The World Rowing Federation, FISA, has received approval from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for the sport of rowing's new qualification systems for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The changes made from the London 2012 Olympic qualification system reflect FISA's attention to the major principles of the Olympic Games - excellence, universality and gender equity. The resulting qualification system is a reflection of these principles and sees the female participation rate increase as well as opportunities for increased universality.

The number and type of boat classes and total number of quota places remain the same, as directed by the IOC. The modifications are the number of boats allocated in each of the 14 Olympic boat classes. The number of boats for women has been increased in the women's single sculls, pair, double sculls and lightweight double sculls. To accommodate these increases, the number of boats for men has been reduced in the men's single sculls, quadruple sculls and eight.

In addition, and in line with the IOC and FISA’s principle of universality, Oceania has been added to the Asian Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta. Oceania includes the island nations of the southern Pacific but excludes Australia and New Zealand. At this qualification regatta, the number of boats qualifying in the men's single sculls will increase by one and the number of boats qualifying in the women's single sculls will increase by two.

There will also be a European Continental Olympic Qualification Regatta and this regatta includes the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in addition to European nations. This regatta will be held in conjunction with the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta which is open to all nations.

FISA president Denis Oswald says that the changes in the Olympic qualification system move rowing closer to the goal of equality for men and women as well as achieve greater participation at the Olympic regatta for more National Olympic Committees around the world.

“It is very important for our sport to grasp the Olympic ideals of greater universality and equal opportunity. With our new qualification system, we are moving in the right direction.”

Qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games begins next year at the 2015 World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette (FRA). For the Olympics, this will be followed by FISA Continental Olympic Qualification regattas and Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne (SUI) in May 2016. For the Paralympics, the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta will be announced in April 2016.

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Sudan to host pre-Olympic football qualifiers tournament

Nairobi (AFP) - Sudan has been picked to host East and Central Africa's first ever pre-Olympic football qualifying competition this year in a bid to enhance its chances of reaching the 2016 games.

Nicholas Musonye, the secretary of the East and Central Africa Football Federation (CECAFA) said the under-23 tournament in Khartoum in September will be used to prepare the region ahead of the African Olympic football qualifiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo next year.

"We are all aware that no football team from the East and Central African region has ever qualified for the Olympic Games. That is why we are holding this event to nurture the teams towards the African qualifiers. We are keen to have at least one team coming from this region in the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro," Musonye told a news conference in Nairobi.

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http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sudan-host-pre-olympic-football-qualifiers-tournament-135053433--oly.html

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PRESS RELEASE: UCI and IOC Agree Cycling Qualification Systems for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

07.05.2014

The qualification systems are based on those used with success at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A total of 528 athletes [325 men and 203 women] will compete in 18 events at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. However, there are a number of changes compared with London 2012 qualification:

- One quota place has been transferred from the Men’s Road to the Men’s Track to balance the quota following the change from three to four athletes in the Women’s Team Pursuit.

- Permit two athletes from each nation to compete in the Men’s and Women’s individual Sprint and Keirin. Previously the national quota was one per event.

- Quota places have been allocated to the host country for Road, Mountain Bike and, as in 2012, BMX.

- For Road, quota places through the Africa Tour circuit increase from five for the London 2012 Games to nine for Rio 2016.

- For BMX, three more nations will be able to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games compared with 2012. Furthermore, there are now three different ways of qualifying instead of two. Finally, the minimum age of participation has been lowered to 18.

Brian Cookson, President of the UCI said:

“After a detailed process of review with the IOC and the Association of National Olympic Committees [ANOC], I am delighted that the cycling qualification systems for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have now been approved. I am particularly pleased that we can look forward to more nations competing in BMX and that extra quota places have been made available through the Africa Tour circuit for Road and that we will see more of the world’s very best riders compete in the individual sprint and keirin.

“With Brazil being granted quota places for Road, Mountain Biking and BMX the 2016 Games provide a genuine opportunity to build on the already significant progress the sport has witnessed there in recent years. Today’s confirmation of qualification systems really does signal the count-down for riders aspiring to compete in the Rio Olympic Games.”

Please find here the Rio 2016 qualification systems for Road, Track, BMX and MTB.

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