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World Qualification Tournament at Trieste

France, Hungary, Spain and Italy qualified to Rio

The 12 teams at Rio Men's Water Polo Tournament are

Australia, Brazil, Croatia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain and United States

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Result of the draw for the WP Olympic tournaments

INA Communications Department

After the conclusion of the FINA Men’s Water Polo Olympic Games Qualification Tournament, staged in Trieste (ITA) from April 3-10, 2016 the draws for the men’s and women’s events at the Rio Games were held.

In the men’s competition, 12 teams will compete in Brazil from August 6-20, 2016 and will be distributed in two groups, as follows:



A1 – Serbia

A2 – Greece

A3 – Brazil

A4 – Australia

A5 – Japan

A6 – Hungary


B1 – United States

B2 – Spain

B3 – France

B4 – Montenegro

B5 – Italy

B6 – Croatia

In the women’s field, 8 national squads will be present in Rio from August 9, 19, 2016 and are included in two groups, as follows:



A1 – Italy

A2 – Russia

A3 – Australia

A4 – Brazil


B1 – Spain

B2 – China

B3 – Hungary

B4 – United States

The complete order of the games for both tournaments can be found here

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Final Gymnastic Qualifier (Rio Test Event)

1. Germany 350.609
2. Ukraine 350.160
3. Netherlands 347.444
4. France 346.583
5. Romania 344.148
6. Spain 342.725
7. Belgium 342.534
8. Canada 330.626

Germany, Ukraine, Netherlands and France qualify full men's teams for Rio.

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Brazil, Germany, Belgium, France pick up the last team berths to Rio 2016 FIG Office, April 17, 2016 -- Brazil, Germany, Belgium and France grabbed the last four team tickets for the Rio Olympic Games in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Sunday at the Olympic Test Event, while Romania, the only team to have graced all Olympic podiums since the glory days of Nadia Comaneci, was shut out.


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Brazil, Germany, Belgium, France pick up the last team berths to Rio 2016

FIG Office, April 17, 2016 -- Brazil, Germany, Belgium and France grabbed the last four team tickets for the Rio Olympic Games in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Sunday at the Olympic Test Event, while Romania, the only team to have graced all Olympic podiums since the glory days of Nadia Comaneci, was shut out.


Short time ago at the World Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, Nadia Comaneci expressed how "sick to my stomach" she certainly had over the sorry and deteriorating state of Romanian women's gymnastics internationally in recent years that was going on in front of her eyes like seeing Larisa Iordache crumble. Not seeing her Romanian gymnastics descendants in full force in Rio certainly will certainly sadden her there and wishes they were present. Catalina Ponor came back from retirement for this?!

Nadia Comaneci "Sick to My Stomach" Watching Romania Crumble at Worlds

That sound you're hearing is TVR's potential high ratings plummenting with not much Romanian women's gymnastics to televise. Iordache may be their only hope for some semblance of success.

Australia missed out on sending a team too. But it lacks the Olympic pedigree, so, while disappointing on its own terms, its impact isn't reverberating worldwide.

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About Handball Olympic Tournament Draw

On 29 April, the groups of the Rio 2016 handball tournaments will be determined. The draw will be held in the press conference room of the Future Arena from 2-3pm, local time, right before the first match of the tournament. Twelve men’s and 12 women’s teams will each be drawn into two groups of six (Group A and Group B in each category) according to their pre-determined performance rows (PR; see below). The draw will start with row 6 and work up to 1, but with the host nation having the right to choose which group it goes into. Row 4, which will feature Brazil, will be determined last.

After the last match day of the Men’s Olympic Qualification Tournaments all 24 teams to participate in the Olympic Games had been determined. The Rio 2016 participants are:
















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BWF move to address confusion over Rio 2016 qualification process

A maximum of four men’s and four women’s singles places for the badminton tournaments at Rio 2016 can be granted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Tripartite Commission, including one to the host nation, the sport’s governing body has confirmed to its members.

The IOC have until May 11 to decide how they will allocate the three tripartite places for each gender, usually given to smaller countries who have not qualified through the conventional process.

As the host country, Brazil will also be entitled to one place in each competition unless they have already booked their place at Rio 2016 by right.

Currently, the top 34 athletes for both genders will compete at this year’s Olympics, while those placed in positions 35 to 38 on the rankings face an agonising wait to see if they have done enough to qualify.

If there are players in more than one event, for example men’s and mixed doubles, this may add more places to singles, according to the Badminton World Federation (BWF).

The BWF World Ranking list as of May 5 will be used to determine the participants in the Olympic tournaments.

The BWF have called on its members to communicate the information to their players in order to avoid confusion about whether or not they have qualified.

“For comparison, in London there were 40 men’s singles and 46 women’s singles positions, but there will likely be less positions in singles during the upcoming qualification process,” a statement sent to the 183 Member Associations read.

“As none of the Tripartite Commission or Host Country positions has been confirmed at this time, the Race to Rio rankings should be viewed as having a minimum of 34 available slots allocated.

“Players who are presently shown in qualification positions 35 to 38 are therefore subject to confirmation of the final number of Tripartite Commission and Host Country positions, and also subject to more places being added if players qualify in more than one event.

“Although this has long been part of the regulations and there is a note to this effect on the rankings, we have had reports that some players do not realise the implication of the tripartite and host places and may believe they are in qualifying positions when this is not the case.”

One athlete who will not represent his country at Rio 2016 is Japan’s Kento Momota, considered a hot Olympic medal prospect, after he was handed an indefinite suspension by the Nippon Badminton Association for gambling at an illegal casino.


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France's Olympic water polo team cleared by FINA

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The governing body of swimming says no action will be taken against France's water polo team for supposedly losing an Olympic qualifier on purpose to get a preferred opponent in the next round.

FINA says the case is closed "without any further consequences."

France lost to Canada 13-5 in a group match at the men's qualifying tournament in Italy this month. Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals, where the four winners would qualify for the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Canada then lost to former Olympic champion Spain, and France beat the Netherlands, repeating its victory from the European Championships in January.

FINA says the decision was made after consultations with the FINA technical water polo committee, disciplinary panel and ethics panel.


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Handball Olympic Tournament Draw


Group A: Argentina, Qatar, Croatia, Denmark, France and Tunisia

Group B: Brazil, Egypt, Germany, Sweden Slovenia and Poland


Group A: Angola, Brazil, Montenegro, Norway, Romania and Spain

Group B: Argentina, France, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea and Sweden

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