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India and Republic of Korea win first hockey places at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The first two hockey teams have won their places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with India’s men and the Republic of Korea’s women confirming their berths by winning the gold medals at the Asian Games, in Incheon, the Republic of Korea.

In hockey’s first qualification event for the first edition of the Olympic Games to be held in South America, India’s men triumphed over Pakistan after a shoot-out on Thursday (2 October), a day after the Republic of Korea had beaten China 1-0 in the women’s final.

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http://www.rio2016.org/en/news/news/india-and-republic-of-korea-win-first-hockey-places-at-rio-2016-olympic-games

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Rugby sevens looks ahead to Rio 2016 debut with opening qualifier at Gold Coast

The rugby sevens road to Rio 2016 gets underway in the Gold Coast this weekend as 16 teams fight for the first set of all-important World Series ranking points and the opportunity to compete in the sport's first appearance at the Olympics for 92 years.

As the first of nine HSBC World Sevens Series legs, the Gold Coast Sevens will set the tone for the 2014-2015 season where the top four finishers over the course of the year will automatically qualify for Rio 2016.

A further six places will be determined by regional qualifiers next year with a further place available via a play-off event to close the process, while Brazil automatically qualify as hosts.

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The women's qualification process begins in Dubai in December with the first of six IRB Women's Sevens World Series events that will deliver four teams.

As with the men's process, a further six places will be determined by regional qualifiers, another via the play-off and Brazil's women automatically qualify.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/rugby-sevens/1023113-rugby-sevens-looks-ahead-to-rio-2016-debut-with-opening-qualifier-at-gold-coast

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Five countries from the Americas book their places in shooting at Rio 2016 Olympic Games Cuba, USA, El Salvador, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic qualify for Brazil via the Shooting Championship of the Americas in Mexico

Five more countries have confirmed their places in the shooting competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. After the world championships in September, when 27 nations booked their spots, the Shooting Championship of the Americas, held in Guadalajara, México, has confirmed 11 places for the first Olympic Games in South America.

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The Rio 2016 places won in Guadalajara are allocated to the respective National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the athletes. The NOCs will then decide which athletes will represent their countries in Brazil.

The next Rio 2016 qualifying event in shooting will be next year’s ISSF World Cup event in Acapulco, Mexico, between 28 February and 10 March.

Rio 2016 qualifcation places won in Guadalajara:

Men's 10m air rifle: Dempster Christenson (USA)

Men's 50m rifle prone: Reinier Estpinan (Cuba)

Men's 50m rifle 3 positions: Alexander Quintana (Cuba)

Men's 10m air pistol: Will Brown (USA)

Men's 50m pistol: Jorge Potrille (Cuba)

Men's trap: Eduardo Lorenzo (Dominican Republic)

Men's skeet: Vincent Hancock (USA)

Women's 10m air rifle: Eglys de la Cruz (Cuba)

Women's 50m rifle 3 poistions: Dianelys Perez (Cuba)

Women's 10m air pistol: Lilian Castro (El Salvador)

Women's 25 air pistol: Andrea Pérez Pena (Ecuador)

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Leading women’s handball teams in Europe go into battle for place at Rio 2016 Olympic Games Norway, Montenegro, Serbia and Spain among the favourites at European championships in Croatia and Hungary – the last Rio 2016 qualifying event of the year

The last five Olympic champions in women’s handball have been European, so it is appropriate that the ‘Old Continent’ will produce the first team to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games. This weekend, the top 16 women’s sides on the continent will go into battle at the European championship, being staged in Croatia and Hungary, with a place at the first Olympic Games in South America at stake. The tournament starts on Sunday (7 December) and by the time it ends on 21 December, it will be know which team will be the first to confirm their place alongside hosts, and current world champions, Brazil.

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http://www.rio2016.org/en/news/news/leading-women-s-handball-teams-in-europe-go-into-battle-for-place-at-rio-2016-olympic-game

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Five sports to begin qualification for Rio 2016 Games in January

Olympic and Paralympic athletics, canoe slalom, road cycling and beach volleyball will join the road to Rio this month

The first Rio 2016 canoe slalom places will be won at the Oceanic qualifier in New Zealand

Athletes in eight sports will go into battle to earn places at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in January, as qualification for the first edition of the events in South America hots up. By the end of the year, more than 40% of the total of nearly 15,000 berths will have been allocated.

While qualification began in some of the sports last year, the following sports are entering the fray for the first time: athletics (Olympic and Paralympic), canoe slalom, road cycling and beach volleyball

Among the highlights this month is the 24th Mens Handball World Championship in Qatar, the winners of which will confirm their spot in Rio 2016. Canoe slalom and football places will also be decided, while a host of sports will begin counting ranking points and qualification marks.

Olympic sports

Athletics: As of 1 January, athletes in the following events have been able to record qualification marks for the Rio 2016 Games: marathon, racewalking, 10000m, heptathlon, decathlon and relays. The qualification period closes on 11 July 2016.

Canoe slalom: The Oceania qualifying tournament will be held in Mangahao, New Zealand, from 31 January to 1 February with two mens places (individual canoe and kayak events) and one womens place (individual kayak) up for grabs.

Road cycling: The world rankings, based on points obtained between 1 January and 31 December 2015, will determine who gets the 142 mens road race places and 30 mens time trial berths.

Football: The winner of the South American under-20 championship in Uruguay, from 14 January to 7 February, will guarantee their place at the Rio 2016 Games. The runner-up will compete with the third-placed team in the North and Central Americas qualifier.

Handball: The mens world championship will bring together 24 teams in Doha from 15 January to 1 February, with the winner booking their place in Brazil.

Equestrian jumping: Eight individual places will be allocated according to world rankings based on scores obtained between 1 January 2015 and 6 March 2016.

Beach volleyball: Olympic ranking points have been up for grabs since 1 January and the count will close on 13 June 2016, when 15 mens and 15 womens teams will be confirmed for Copacabana beach.

Paralympic sports

Athletics: From 1 January to 20 June 2016, relay teams will be able to build up their world ranking points with an eye on Rio the top eight teams in each event (mens and womens) will win spots at Rio 2016.

Qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is an ongoing process and final entries will only be officially confirmed in July 2016 (for the Olympic Games) and August 2016 (for the Paralympic Games). Entries are recommended by national federations or sport organisations to their respective National Olympic Committees or National Paralympic Committees, who decide on final selections.

http://mobile.rio2016.com/en#/noticias/248395

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Argentina have won the South American U-20 Championship after a 2-1 win over Uruguay that also secures a place at the 2016 Olympic Football Tournamen

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Istanbul to host European Olympic taekwondo qualifying tournament for Rio 2016

The European Taekwondo Union (ETU) have announced their Rio 2016 Olympic Games Continental Qualification Tournament will be staged in Istanbul.

The competition, where participants will battle it out for one of the 16 places available, is due to take place on January 16 and 17.

Istanbul was chosen at an ETU Council meeting at the organisation's headquarters in Greek capital Athens.

The tournament will see some of Europe's best fight it out for a berth at Rio 2016 as even athletes who have reached the criteria through their world ranking can relinquish their spot if they wish to compete as part of new measures brought in by the World Takewondo Federation (WTF) in 2013.

A total of 24 male and 24 athletes will be qualified through the WTF Olympic ranking, and these will be made up of the top six of each weight after the 2015 Grand Prix final in December in Mexico City.

A further 72 spots spread across the five Continental Qualification Tournaments are also available as Europe, Asia, Africa and Pan America each have 16 places while Oceania will have eight.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/taekwondo/member-national-association-and-continental-unions-news/1025493-istanbul-to-host-european-olympic-taekwondo-qualifying-tournament-for-rio-2016

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Qatar wins place in equestrian jumping competition at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Qatar has become the latest nation to earn a place in the equestrian jumping competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The Asian nation won a spot in the first edition of the Games to be staged in South America by winning the second stage of the 2015 FEI Nations Cup, held in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The competition brought together 11 countries from Asia, Africa and Europe, but only the six nations from Asia and Africa were competing for an Olympic berth.

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Qatar became the sixth nation to qualify for the Rio 2016 equestrian jumping competition. Netherlands, France, USA, Germany and Sweden booked their spots at last year’s World Equestrian Games, while Brazil already had its place confirmed as the host nation.

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USA, Italy, China and Australia win shooting places at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Athletes from the USA, Italy, China and Australia won the 10 Rio 2016 Olympic Games places up for grabs at the Acapulco stage of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup, which came to end in on Monday (9 March). The Americans and Italians claimed three places each, while Chinese and Australian shooters each earned two slots.

The places will be allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the winning athletes. The NOCs will then decide, along with their national shooting federations, if they will take up their quota and which athletes to send to the Games. Each country can have up to two representatives in each event at the Rio 2016 Games.

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Of the 390 shooting places available at Rio 2016, 85 have now been won. In addition to the 10 won in Acapulco, 75 were confirmed last year: 64 at the world championships and 11 at the Americas Shooting Championships.

Another 260 places Rio 2016 places will be allocated via a further 13 competitions this year. Of the remaining slots, 12 will be determined in 2016, nine are allocated to host country Brazil and 24 will be distributed through invitations.

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Senegal replace DR Congo as hosts of Rio 2016 Olympic football qualifying tournament

Senegal have agreed to replace the Democratic Republic of Congo as host of the 2015 African Under-23 Championships in December, it has been announced.

DR Congo have withdrawn because of fears it would clash with the country's elections next year.

Senegal agreed to take over following a meeting between Senegal President Macky Sall and Issa Hayatou, head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Senegal are currently hosting the Under-20 African Championships, which is due to conclude on Sunday (March 20).

The tournament will act as the African qualifying tournament for next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The event had been due to take place in DR Congo between December 5 and 19 but dates still have to be set for the event in Senegal.

Gabon were shock winners of the inaugural Under-23 African Championship in Morocco four years ago, qualifying for London 2012.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/football/1026191-senegal-replace-dr-congo-as-hosts-of-rio-2016-olympic-football-qualifying-tournament

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Italians lead European charge to Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Shotgun World Cup

European shooters claimed all 10 Rio 2016 Olympic Games spots on offer as the Al Ain stage of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup came to end on Saturday (28 March) in the United Arab Emirates. Italy grabbed four places, while the Czech Republic, Croatia, Russia, Denmark, Cyprus and San Marino all earned one berth each.

The places will be allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the winning athletes. The NOCs will then decide, along with their national shooting federations, if they will take up their quota and which athletes to send to the Games. Each country can have up to two representatives in each event at the Rio 2016 Games.

In the trap events, Italy’s Silvana Stanco won gold ahead of Alessandra Perilli of San Marino in the women’s competition, both of them earning paces in Rio. In the men’s event, David Kostelecky of the Czech Republic, the Beijing 2008 champion, finished first ahead of Croatia’s Josip Glasnovic.

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Of the 390 shooting places available at Rio 2016, 95 have now been won. In addition to the 10 won in the last stage of the Shotgun World Cup, in Acapulco, 75 were confirmed last year: 64 at the world championships and 11 at the Americas Shooting Championships.

Another 250 places Rio 2016 places will be allocated via a further 12 competitions this year. Of the remaining slots, 12 will be determined in 2016, nine are allocated to host country Brazil and 24 will be distributed through invitations.

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Korean and Chinese shooters grab five more places each at Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Host nation the Republic of Korea and near neighbours China were the big winners as the latest stage of ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup came to a close on Wednesday (15 April), with both countries winning five places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In total, 24 berths were awarded over six days of competition in Changwon.

More than 570 athletes from 68 countries competed in 10 events, with Germany, Russia and Serbia each earning two places at the Rio 2016 Games. Norway, the USA, Hungary, France, Myanmar, India, Sweden and Mongolia all won one slot.

The places will be allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the winning athletes. The NOCs will then decide, along with their national shooting federations, if they will take up their quota and which athletes to send to the Games. Each country can have up to two representatives in each event at the Rio 2016 Games.

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For the full results from Changwon, click here.

Of the 390 shooting places available at Rio 2016, 119 have now been won. In addition to the 20 won in the last two stages of the Shotgun World Cup, 75 were confirmed last year: 64 at the world championships and 11 at the Americas Shooting Championships.

Another 226 places Rio 2016 places will be allocated via a further 11 competitions this year. Of the remaining slots, 12 will be determined in 2016, nine are allocated to host country Brazil and 24 will be distributed through invitations

http://www.rio2016.org/en/news/news/korean-and-chinese-shooters-grab-five-more-places-each-at-rio-2016-olympic-games

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FEI Tribunal disqualifies Maxime Livio (FRA) and French Eventing team

The FEI Tribunal has disqualified Maxime Livio (FRA) and Qalao des Mers from the Eventing competition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014, following a positive for a Controlled Medication substance. Livio, fifth in the individual rankings, was also a member of the French team, which finished fourth in Normandy to secure qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The FEI Tribunal has also disqualified the French team, resulting in the loss of its Olympic qualifying slot.

Samples taken on 29 August 2014 from the horse Qalao des Mers (FEI ID 103MQ19) returned positive for Hydroxyethylpromazine sulfoxide, a metabolite of the sedative Acepromazine. Acepromazine is a Controlled Medication substance on the FEI Prohibited Substances List. Controlled Medications are substances that are regularly used to treat horses but which are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level playing field.

Any breach of the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations results in automatic disqualification of the rider/horse combination. Additionally, at Olympic Games or FEI World Equestrian Games™, a positive result for a team member will, except in exceptional circumstances, result in the disqualification of the whole team.

The FEI Tribunal ruled on the disqualification of Maxime Livio and the French Eventing team from their placings at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy following a request from the FEI, due to the implications regarding Olympic qualification. In its partial decision, the Tribunal ruled solely on the disqualifications. A final decision on further sanctions will be issued at a later stage.

The text of the FEI Tribunal’s partial decision in the Qalao des Mers case is available here.

Following the disqualification of the French team, the Canadian Eventing team, which had originally finished seventh, moves up one place and is now qualified for Rio 2016.

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Considering there is only one eventing team spot available at the Pan-ams and that the US hasn't qualified at the worlds this is pretty big for the Canadian equestrian team. Really unfortunate for the French team (minus Livio). Hopefully they'll qualify a team at Europeans.

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Rugby sevens regional qualifiers set for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

World Rugby has announced the location and dates for the regional qualification tournaments that will deliver six men’s and six women’s teams to the Games.

The top four teams in the respective men’s and women’s World Rugby Sevens Series standings are set to secure their places in the coming weeks. Brazil has been granted automatic qualification for both men and women by World Rugby as the host nation for the Games. Attention now turns to the race to secure a coveted place via the regional qualifiers.

A men’s and a women’s team will qualify from each of the six regional Olympic qualification tournaments, that will take place between June and November 2015.

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE OF REGIONAL OLYMPIC GAMES QUALIFIERS HERE>>

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Fittingly, with the Games taking place in Rio, it is South America who will provide the first regional qualifiers with the men’s and women’s tournaments taking place in Santa Fe, Argentina, on 5-7 June, 2015.

The men’s and women’s North America and the Caribbean qualification tournament will follow in Cary, North Carolina, USA, on 13-14 June, while Europe’s women representatives will be confirmed in Brive, France on 20-21 June with the men confirmed in Exeter, England, on 11-12 July. The women’s qualifier from Africa will be confirmed at the African women’s qualification tournament which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 26-27 September.

Qualification will take a break during Rugby World Cup before resuming with the Asia men’s qualifier in Hong Kong on 7-8 November. On the following weekend, 14-15 November, the Oceania men’s and women’s qualifier will be held in Auckland, New Zealand and the African men’s qualifier will take place in Johannesburg.

Asia will deliver the final women’s regional qualifier to book their place at Rio 2016 at the conclusion of the Tokyo Women’s Sevens tournament on 28-29 November. The 12th and final place in both the men’s and women’s Olympic Games rugby sevens competitions will be determined via a World Rugby final repechage tournament which will take place before the end of June 2016 (date and location to be confirmed by 31 December, 2015).

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http://www.worldrugby.org/news/68247

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USA, Jamaica and Brazil qualify teams in all athletics relay events for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The USA, Jamaica and Brazil had the most success as the first places in the athletics relay competitions at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games were won over the weekend (May 2-3). The three nations all qualified teams in each of the four Olympic relay events – the men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m – at the IAAF World Relays championship in Nassau, the Bahamas.

The big surprise came in the 4x100m on Saturday (2 May) night when Jamaica – anchored by Usain Bolt – finished second to the USA. Although all eight finalists in each event confirmed their presence in Rio, pride was at stake between the two powerhouses of the sport. The US quartet of Mike Rodgers, Justin Gatlin, Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey won in 37.38, three tenths of a second ahead of the Jamaican team of Bolt, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade. Bolt managed to reduce the US lead by about one metre in the final leg, but the damage had already been done. Japan took a slightly unexpected bronze.

The USA’s men also took gold in the 4x400m on Sunday (3 May) night, overcoming a vociferously backed Bahamas team to win in 2:58.43. The home fans cheered loudest when Steven Gardiner briefly overtook Jeremy Wariner on the third leg, but the experienced American edged back in front and Beijing 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt held off local hero Chris Brown in the final leg, with Belgium in third.

US dominance was also evident in the women’s 4x400m final on Sunday (3 May), in which the Americans broke their own competition record to successfully defend their title. London 2012 400m champion Sanya Richards-Ross ran a crucial third leg in the highly impressive time of 48.79. Jamaica were second and Great Britain finished third.

The top-two positions were reversed later on in the women’s 4x100m final, as Jamaica beat slight favourites the USA to take gold in 42.14. Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown caught Carmelita Jeter with 50m to go, with Great Britain again finishing third.

There will be a maximum of 16 teams per relay event at the Rio 2016 Games, with each nation allowed one team per event. The remaining eight places in each event will be awarded according to the rankings at the end of the qualification period, in July 2016. Qualification is now open in all athletics events.

Qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games from the 2015 IAAF World Relays championship:

Men’s 4x100m:

USA

Jamaica

Japan

Brazil

France

St Kitts & Nevis

Trinidad & Tobago

Germany

Men’s 4x400m:

USA

Bahamas

Belgium

Jamaica

Brazil

Great Britain

Trinidad & Tobago

Botswana

Women’s 4x100m:

Jamaica

USA

Great Britain

Canada

Trinidad & Tobago

Brazil

Nigeria

Switzerland

Women’s 4x400m:

USA

Jamaica

Great Britain

France

Poland

Canada

Australia

Brazil

http://www.rio2016.org/en/news/news/usa-jamaica-and-brazil-qualify-teams-in-all-athletics-relay-events-for-rio-2016-olympic-ga

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"Brazil World ends with vague to 2016 in all relays


With best time of the year, the 4x100m women's team is sixth in the final;

Men's 4x400m quartet closes in fifth and girls finish in eighth


The medal dream did not come out. However, Brazil fulfilled its goal in the World Relay, held this weekend in Nassau, Bahamas: took place at the Rio 2016 in four Olympic events. Sunday night, the last day of competition, the 4x100m girls were the final and finished sixth, with his best time in the year (see the proof in the video above). The male and female 4x400m relays also concluded its final without error, ranking 5 and 8, respectively, and confirming the two vacancies. On Saturday, the men's 4x100 team had already secured with fourth place. According to the criteria of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the finalist countries of each event in the World (top eight) will compete in the relays at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro."



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FINA announce 2015 World Cup events will form part of Olympic qualification for Rio 2016

Each of the 2015 International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Cup events will provide qualification opportunities for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the sport’s governing body has announced.

FINA have also revealed that the competitions in the eight event series will be held in Olympic sized 50 metres pools rather than the short-course 25m pools which are usually used for the World Cup.

The change has also been made in order to increase participation among National Federations and athletes alike, and the World Cup calendar begins on August 11 and 12 with the first meeting in the Russian capital of Moscow.

That event starts just days after the conclusion of the FINA World Championships in Kazan, which will also offer swimmers the chance to qualify for Rio 2016.

“Our main goal is to continuously improve the value and the exposure of the FINA Swimming World Cup, held in great venues and prestigious cities around the planet,” FINA President Julio Maglione said.

“The increased opportunity for the Olympic qualification will constitute in 2015 an additional motivation for our swimmers.”

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1027227/fina-announces-2015-world-cup-events-will-form-part-of-olympic-qualification-for-rio-2016

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Rugby Update:

Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and Great Britain have qualified for Rio. Regionally that leaves Australia, Japan, Kenya, France, Argentina and the USA as favourites to qualify. Canada and Samoa will be the likely final pair to fight for the final spot next year.

New Zealand has qualified already. Canada and Australia just need to win a match in Amsterdam to assure qualification. France, Britain and the USA will fight for the final spot. The Americans taking it would be interesting because that would leave a very, very weak side to take the North American spot.

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Eighteen countries guaranteed a spot for Rio 2016 Games at the 5th stage of the Shooting World Cup
Shooting is the sport that has confirmed the most qualification places at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games so far. A further 24 Olympic spots were decided in the fifth stage of the ISSF 2015 Shooting World Cup, which finished this Monday (18) in Fort Benning, USA.
The places will be allocated to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of the winning athletes. The NOCs will then decide, along with their national shooting federations, if they will take up their quota and which athletes to send to the Games. Each country can have up to two representatives in each event at the Rio 2016 Games.
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With the conclusion of the latest stage of the ISSF Rifle and Pistol World Cup, 153 of the 390 shooting places available at Rio 2016 have now been decided. In April, South Korea hosted an earlier stage at which 24 spots were awarded to the tournament’s winners. Another 30 places had been decided in three previous stages of the ISSF Shotgun World Cup, which took place in Acapulco, Al Ain and Larnaca earlier this year. In 2014, 64 berths were won at the World Championship and 11 at the Americas Shooting Championship.
There are still nine qualifying competitions due to take place in 2015, with a further 192 Olympic spots up for grabs. For the remaining places, 12 will be determined in 2016, nine are destined to Brazil, host nation of the Games, and 24 will be granted as invitations.
Check out below the places obtained in each discipline:
10m air rifle (men): Serbia, Bulgaria and Austria
50m rifle prone (men): USA and India
50m rifle three positions (men): Kazakhstan and Japan
10m air pistol (men): Portugal, Ukraine and Turkey
25m rapid fire pistol (men): Germany and Cuba
50m pistol (men): Serbia and USA
10m air rifle (women): Greece, Mexico and Chinese Taipei
50m rifle three positions (women): USA and Kazakhstan
10m air pistol (women): Mongolia, USA and Egypt
25m pistol (women): Bulgaria and France
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Team GB secure Olympic qualification as Canada claim Amsterdam Sevens

Canada win tournament in the Netherlands after England secure fourth qualification Olympic spot for Team GB

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England will represent Team Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 after beating the USA in a thrilling "winner-takes-all" match on the last day of the Amsterdam Sevens.

The sun-soaked NRCA Stadium also saw Canada beat Australia to claim the Amsterdam Sevens trophy, after yet another epic battle between the two sides. Both teams had wrapped up qualification for Rio on Friday.

New Zealand ensured they would be crowned series champions on day one, and so picked up their trophy for the third year in a row in front of a fantastic Dutch crowd. The Kiwis, led by Sarah Goss, also picked up the Plate on day two while Fiji won the Bowl final.

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http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series/news/72588

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Team GB secure Olympic qualification as Canada claim Amsterdam Sevens

Canada win tournament in the Netherlands after England secure fourth qualification Olympic spot for Team GB

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England will represent Team Great Britain at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 after beating the USA in a thrilling "winner-takes-all" match on the last day of the Amsterdam Sevens.

The sun-soaked NRCA Stadium also saw Canada beat Australia to claim the Amsterdam Sevens trophy, after yet another epic battle between the two sides. Both teams had wrapped up qualification for Rio on Friday.

New Zealand ensured they would be crowned series champions on day one, and so picked up their trophy for the third year in a row in front of a fantastic Dutch crowd. The Kiwis, led by Sarah Goss, also picked up the Plate on day two while Fiji won the Bowl final.

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http://www.worldrugby.org/womens-sevens-series/news/72588

It's the same old Anglo-Saxon teams that'll fill the soccer matches as well. How boring can that get! What is the point then of adding Rugby 7s, if it's the same old countries? And that's why the Olympics will just metastasize with such idiotic redundancies.

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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 football. You may be surprised if expecting "Anglo Saxon" dominance

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Follow the race to qualify for the Rio 2016 Games

The rio2016.com website lists the countries and the athletes who have qualified for the Olympic Games

Athletes and teams from more than 200 countries will be looking to perform at their best in 2015 to ensure a place at the Rio 2016 Games. While some nations and individuals have already booked their slots, the sporting calendar for 2015 is full of Olympic qualifying events. All over the world, tournaments will take place this year for the 42 sports that will feature in next year’s Games, and there will plenty of opportunities for athletes to rise up the world rankings. Altogether, adding up those who qualified in 2014 with those who will qualify in 2015, 47.6% of the 10,500 Olympic places will be decided by the end of the year.

Curious to find out who is on their way to Rio 2016? Check out our site to see the results of the qualifying events for the Rio 2016 Games.

http://www.rio2016.com/en/news/news/follow-the-race-to-qualify-for-the-rio-2016-games

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