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Does anybody knows when will be announced the MAG/WAG draw?

The draws are out for Rio 2016 Olympic Gymnastics competitions
LAUSANNE (SUI), FIG Office, May 7, 2016:
The Olympic draws in Gymnastics, which determine the order in which athletes or nations will compete in the qualification round at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, have been published.
The draws for Artistic Gymnastics, Trampoline and Rhythmic Gymnastics were held Saturday during the FIG Council meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
Click here to the see the results for:
A total of 98 gymnasts -- 12 teams of five gymnasts and 38 individuals -- will compete in the qualification round in both Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics in Rio.
Sixteen men and 16 women will take part in the qualification round in Trampoline.
In Rhythmic Gymnastics, 26 gymnasts will take part in the individual competition, while 14 nations have qualified for the Group competition.



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Adjustments to Olympic Qualifiers Announced

CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (May 10) – United World Wrestling has redistributed Olympic qualifications for freestyle, Greco-Roman and women’s wrestling. The changes come in response to recent doping violations for small concentrations of Meldonium at the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Serbia and the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament in Kazakhstan.

According to UWW’s Anti-Doping Rules and the last instruction issued by WADA, the competitive results of the athletes sanctioned for doping violations will be wiped from their respective tournaments. Per the rules of the international federation, Olympic licenses will be redistributed based on the following circumstances:

Due to doping violations at the European Olympic Games Qualifier Magomedmurad GADZHIEV (POL) and Andriy KVYATKOVSKYY (UKR) have had their results at 65kg wiped and associated Olympic licenses revoked. The licenses were transferred to Georgia (via Zurabi IAKOBISHVILI) and Armenia (via Devid SAFARYAN).

Following this adjustment, Bulgaria (via Boris NOVACHKOV) earns the Olympic license won by Georgia at the 1st World OG Qualifier in Mongolia.

As Bulgaria takes their license from the 1st World OG Qualifier, their first-place finish at the 2nd World OG Qualifier will be transferred to the United States who finished in third place (via Frank MOLINARO).

The qualified countries at 65kg (for Zrenjanin, Ulaanbaatar and Istanbul) are then: Georgia (GEO), Armenia (ARM), Bahrain (BRN), Turkey (TUR), Bulgaria (BUL), Canada (CAN) and The United States of America (USA).

At 125kg, Allen ZASIEIEV (UKR) and Yusup JALILAU (BLR) also had their results wiped and Olympic licenses revoked for positive doping results at the European OG Qualifier. Their licenses were transferred to Bulgaria (via Lyuben ILIEV) and Hungary (via Daniel LIGETI).

Hungary placed at the 1st World OG Qualifier, and Bulgaria’s qualifying spot would have been the replacement but (as stated above) was earned in Serbia, giving the spot to Kyrgyzstan (via Aiaal LAZAREV).

The qualified countries at 125kg (for Zrenjanin, Ulaanbaatar and Istanbul) are then: Bulgaria (BUL), Hungary (HUN), China (CHN), Poland (POL), Kyrgyzstan (KGZ), Ukraine (UKR) and Belarus (BLR).

In Greco-Roman a positive doping result for Zhanarbek KENZHEEV (KGZ) at the Asian Olympic Qualifier shifted an 85kg Olympic license from Kyrgyzstan to India (via Ravinder KHATRI).

In women’s wrestling a positive doping result for Sumiya ERDENECHIMEG (MGL) at the Asian Olympic Qualifier shifted a 53kg Olympic license from Mongolia to India (via Kumari BABITA).

At 58kg a positive doping result for Oksana HERHEL (UKR) shifted the Ukrainian Olympic license to Moldova (via Mariana CHERDIVARA ESANU).

For an updated list of all Olympic qualification spots, please refer to www.UnitedWorldWrestling.org/rio-2016


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75-year-old rider Hoketsu to miss out on Rio spot


Japan’s 75-year-old equestrian Hiroshi Hoketsu will not be competing in this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after he was unable to meet the criteria to join a qualifying trial for the Japanese team, Kyodo News learned Tuesday.

Hoketsu, who made his Olympic debut in Tokyo in 1964 and was the oldest athlete to compete in the 2012 London Games at the Japanese record of 71, has been training in the Netherlands and Germany but hadn’t been able to take part in competitions after his horse fell ill.

The Japan Equestrian Federation has been demanding the riders mark qualifying standard scores set by the International Federation for Equestrian Sports by May 23 in order to take part in its qualifying trial.

“I don’t want to push the horse, so unfortunately I have given up upon the dream of competing in the Rio Olympics,” Hoketsu is said to have told sources. “There’s nothing decided about the future. First I’d like to prioritize getting the horse well again.”

Hoketsu would have become the oldest athlete to compete in the Olympics had he qualified Rio, overtaking Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who participated in the 1920 Antwerp Games at the age of 72.

Hoketsu was aiming for his fourth Olympics after also appearing in the 2008 Beijing Games by winning one of four spots available for Japan.


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Puerto Rico qualified for Rio Olympics

The 12 teams for the Women's Olympic Volleyball Tournament:

Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, China, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Russia, Serbia, South Korea and USA

Women's tournament will be very exciting! :) Strong teams

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Really surprised about the Dominican Republic's performance.

I was, too. I think the Dominicanas were quite tired. The other teams got together earlier and rested too--which the Doms did not.

But the medals will still be contested by and won between Brazil, China and the USA. Those are the strongest, toughest teams.

Uh-oh. The pools have just been decided:

Pool A (the easier one) -- Brazil, Russia (their toughest opponent in this pool), Japan, Korea, Argentina (who won't get very far), and Cameroon.

Pool B (the tougher pool) - USA, China, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.

Looks like they made it easy for Brazil to get to the final 4.

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Rio 2016 women’s volleyball pools unveiled

Lausanne, Switzerland, May 23, 2016 – The Rio 2016 Olympic Games women’s volleyball pools have been officially finalised with all 12 teams learning their fate following the conclusion of the two Women’s World Olympic Qualification Tournaments on Sunday.
Italy, the Netherlands, Japan and Korea all qualified via the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan while Puerto Rico joined them by winning the same tournament in front of their home fans on Sunday.


The teams have been split into two pools of six, with the top four sides from each progressing to the elimination round.
The pools were allocated using the serpentine system, with those with the highest world ranking as of January 1, 2016 drawn first into Pool B after hosts Brazil (who are automatically placed in Pool A).


The home side will face off against Russia, Japan, Korea, Argentina and Cameroon in Pool A.
Brazil and Korea were both in the same pool at London 2012, with the latter coming out on top on that occasion. The hosts will have a chance to scout 2012 bronze medallists Japan when they clash in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix on June 10.
Russia will be hoping to end their 12 year drought of Olympic medals having last stood on the podium at the Athens 2004 Games where they claimed silver. They will also meet Japan ahead of the tournament in the World Grand Prix on June 26.
Korea will no doubt be eyeing up their match with Japan in what will be a repeat of the bronze medal match four years ago. The two teams recently met at the Women’s World Olympic Qualification with Korea coming out on top in four sets.
Argentina and Cameroon will both be competing at their first Olympic Games and whilst the South American side will come to the tournament with some momentum following a World Grand Prix Group 2 campaign, Cameroon will have to pull on the experience gained from the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Italy 2014 – their last major international tournament outing.
Pool B will consist of USA, China, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
The clash between USA and China will be a repeat of the Women’s World Championship final, where Karch Kiraly’s US side claimed the victory. China have had success since then however, claiming the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup in 2015.
The two teams were also in the same pool at London 2012, as were Serbia who return to the Olympic Games for the first time since Beijing 2008.
Five of the six teams will arrive in Rio with some knowledge of at least one of their opponents, with many set to clash during the World Grand Prix.
USA will meet China twice – on June 12 and 26 – as well as the Netherlands on June 25. China will also clash with Serbia on June 18 and the Netherlands on June 24, while the Serbians will themselves meet European rivals Italy on June 18.
The Rio 2016 Olympic Games women’s volleyball tournament will take place from August 6 to 21.
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Puerto Rico qualified for Rio Olympics

The one where Canada should have qualified for if they finished third in North America--and the competition afterwards was far easier.

Agreed on the Dominicans and their stamina coming in. Maybe add travel to Japan too. Was anticipating to get to Rio from them too.

Glad to see the Dutch make it after seeing their water polo counterparts not qualify on their home soil. Some Dutch sports personalities like sprinter Dafne Schippers and swimmer Femke Heemskerk are jubilant over this qualification from the Voleybal Dames:


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Professional boxers can compete at Rio Olympics–official

Professional boxers can compete at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the sport’s governing body ruled in a landmark decision on Wednesday.

Meeting at an extraordinary congress in Lausanne, Switzerland, 88 members of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) voted in favor of the move, while none voted against and four abstained.

The final results of the vote were told to AFP by a senior official within AIBA who requested anonymity as they were not authorised to speak publicly on the subject before the official announcement.

The revolutionary decision is however unlikely to see boxing’s biggest names enter the Olympic ring in Rio.

For most professionals, like former heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, it is already too late to take part in a qualifying contest. The last tournament is in Venezuela in July.

Boxing has undergone major changes in recent years. Women were allowed into Olympic competition in 2012 and headguards will no longer be compulsory from Rio.

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Poland clinched the first Olympic berth available at a men's volleyball qualification tournament by beating Venezuela 3-0 on Thursday


I think France and Iran are certainties too. The last place will be fought between China, Canada and Oz.

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