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Canada, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela...and Puerto Rico will all at least advance to the men's FIBA Olympic Qualification Basketball Tournament from the 2015 FIBA Americas Tournament in Mexico City now that second round action ended last night. The first four are the semifinalists with the winners of those directly advancing to Rio De Janeiro. Puerto Rico, under the just-resigned Rick Pitino, as the 5th place finisher will directly head to the OQT. Canada is the #1 seed in the semifinals and will face Venezuela. Mexico and Argentina will get a rematch of the final game of the second round, just completed last night with the Aztecs winning in the other semifinal:

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Argentina and Venezuela qualify to Rio 2016 Olympics - See more at: http://www.americas2015.com/en/not2.asp?r=B9FBF0A9A2B341F4BA764036CCFE86FA#sthash.T0bTbSgq.dpuf

Venezuela and Argentina qualified for Rio 2016

Argentina and Venezuela qualify to Rio 2016 Olympics - See more at: http://www.americas2015.com/en/not2.asp?r=B9FBF0A9A2B341F4BA764036CCFE86FA#sthash.T0bTbSgq.dpuf
Argentina and Venezuela qualify to Rio 2016 Olympics - See more at: http://www.americas2015.com/en/not2.asp?r=B9FBF0A9A2B341F4BA764036CCFE86FA#sthash.T0bTbSgq.dpuf
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Can't believe the Canadians crashed at the last hurdle when they're so heavily favored in Mexico City to get one of those two spots with their young NBA-studded lineup. Just read there was some controversial foul calls at the end that sealed it in the end. Should never had come to that and Canada should never had let Venezuela come close to them. Now that Road to Rio got that much tougher even with being in a group of six teams with the winner going. If Canada doesn't get that, Canadian basketball followers will definitely look back at this controversial Venezuela semifinal loss in Mexico City when they seemingly coming in with that bird in the hand as to why.

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Following the Individual All-around final of the 34th Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships held Friday, September 11, 2015, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) herewith confirms the lists of qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the 2016 Olympic Test Event, and The World Games 2017 for individual Rhythmic gymnasts.

Nations that advance to the 2016 Olympic Test Event will have a second chance to secure an Olympic berth in individual Rhythmic Gymnastics at the competition, to be held April 22-24 in Rio.

2016 Olympic Games - countries qualified directly from the Stuttgart World Championships
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Japan narrowly pips South Africa for Olympic Dressage berth

There was joy and heartache in equal measure at the special Olympic qualifier staged in Gestut Peterhof in Perl, Germany yesterday where Japan pipped South Africa by the narrowest of margins for a coveted team slot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
In a competition that swung in favour of both sides at various stages, it seemed the result could go either way. But in the end Team Japan came out on top by just 0.06 percentage points to clinch it. There was some compensation for the disappointed South Africans when Tanya Seymour, who produced a lovely test to finish fourth in the competition with Ramoneur, earned her country one of the two individual qualifying spots on offer, the other going to Korea when Dongseon Kim finished eighth with Bukowski.

A total of 34 athletes from 17 nations lined out in the 2* Grand Prix competition staged within the framework of the CDI4* Dressage Gala at the charming German venue, and 21 were chasing the Olympic qualifying slots. There were only two countries in contention for the single team berth - Japan and South Africa - while competitors from Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Korea, Morocco, Palestine, Philippines, Singapore and Chinese Taipei also battled it out for the individual qualifying places. This special qualification event was open to competitors from FEI Olympic Groups F and G and to the FEI Olympic Group C countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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Full result here
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Today’s special qualification event was open to competitors from FEI Olympic Groups F and G and to the FEI Olympic Group C countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

2 nations were represented by teams : Japan and South Africa.

21 competitors from 11 nations competed for the Olympic qualifying spots.

Japan claimed the single team qualification spot, pipping South Africa by a narrow margin of just 0.6 percent.

2 individual qualifying spots were earned for their country’s by South Africa’s Tanya Seymour who finished fourth with Ramoneur and Korea’s Dongseon Kim who finished eighth with Bukowski.

The full list of teams now qualified for Dressage at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and USA.

Canada and Mexico have also earned individual qualifying slots.

FEI

http://www.fei.org/news/japan-narrowly-pips-south-africa-olympic-dressage-berth

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Two star-studded European basketball powerhouses. One epic game. Spain is directly going to the men's Olympic basketball in Rio in an overtime semifinal game 80-75 over defending Eurobasket champs France, breaking the hearts of many French basketball fans including the record 26,922 (overwhelmingly pro-France) fans at the Pierre Mauboy Stadium in Lille, France. Les Bleues now has to go to the 18-team 2016 FIBA Olympic Basketball Qualification Tournament and aim to win their group out of three. Pau Gasol scored an international personal best of 40 points for Spain. Serbia and Lithuania play tomorrow in the other semifinal with the winner joining Spain. Rio De Janeiro will be Spain's 9th Olympic men's basketball appearance in the last 10 Summer Olympics.

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Now add Lithuania with Spain directly out of Europe in men's Olympic basketball after beating Serbia 67-64. They'll be there for its 7th consecutive Olympic basketball appearance. Serbia now goes to the Olympic Qualification Tournament with France, Greece, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

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Twelve teams qualified for 2016 Rio Olympic Games following conclusion of 2015 continental championships

MIES, Switzerland/RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics) - The first part of the process to determine the 24 teams - 12 men's and 12 women's - that will compete in the Men's and Women's Olympic Basketball Tournaments (6-21 August 2016) at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games concluded on Saturday.

Between 11 June and 3 October 2015, a total of 68 men's teams and 50 women's teams from across FIBA's five regions - Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania - took part in continental championships, all looking to punch their ticket for next year's Olympics in Brazil.

Seven (7) men's teams and five (5) women's teams have qualified directly for the 2016 Rio Games via this summer's competitions. They are:

MEN

Africa: Nigeria
Americas: Venezuela and Argentina
Asia: China
Europe: Spain and Lithuania
Oceania: Australia

These teams join the USA, who booked their place for Rio 2016 as winners of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the host country Brazil.

WOMEN

Africa: Senegal
Americas: Canada
Asia: Japan
Europe: Serbia
Oceania: Australia

These teams join the USA, who booked their place for Rio 2016 as winners of the 2014 FIBA Women's World Championship and the host country Brazil.

Fifteen (15) men's teams and twelve (12) women's teams that fell short of qualifying directly for Rio 2016 will have another shot at fulfilling their Olympic aspirations after securing places at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) and the 2016 FIBA Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) respectively. They are:

MEN

Africa: Angola, Tunisia, Senegal
Americas: Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico
Asia: Philippines, Iran, Japan
Europe: France, Serbia, Greece, Italy, Czech Republic
Oceania: New Zealand

Along with these 15 teams, another three (3) will compete as hosts of the three OQTs to be held simultaneously from 5-10 July 2016. Each OQT will consist of six (6) participating teams, with the winning team from each event earning a berth for the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament at the Rio Games.

WOMEN

Africa: Cameroon, Nigeria
Americas: Cuba, Argentina, Venezuela
Asia: China, Korea
Europe: France, Spain, Belarus, Turkey
Oceania: New Zealand

These teams will compete in a single 12-team WOQT, with the top five teams earning berths for the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament. The hosts of the WOQT will be selected from the 12 qualified teams.

Candidates to organise the three OQTs and the WOQT will be announced by the end of October. The bidding process to determine the hosts of the four OQTs will conclude on 23 November, when FIBA's Executive Committee will award the four events. Thereafter, the draw for the four OQTS will take place on 24 November, applying geographical and quality principles in order to balance the events/groups.

FIBA

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Argentina just won the South American Men Qualification Tournament and the tickets to Rio. Venezuela 2nd and Chile 3rd, both to repechage tournaments.


Argentina just won the South American Men Qualification Tournament and the tickets to Rio. Venezuela 2nd and Chile 3rd, both to repechage tournaments.

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Japan's women’s hockey team have secured the penultimate Rio 2016 Olympic qualifying berth after Australia and New Zealand reached the final of the Oceania Cup.

Both finalists had already sealed berths at the Games due to their performances at the International Hockey Federation (FIH) World League Semi-Finals earlier this year - meaning the place up for grabs for the Oceania Cup winners can only be filled by a country who already know that they will be competing next summer.

A qualification spot has therefore been passed to the highest ranked team at the Hockey World League semi-finals who has yet to qualify and it is the Japanese, who finished sixth in the Belgian city of Antwerp, who have cashed in.

Spain also finished sixth in their semi-final on home soil in Valencia, but Japan were given the nod as they are 10th in the FIH world rankings while the Spanish are 14th.

Ten teams have now qualified for the tournament with Japan joining the likes of Asian champions South Korea, Pan American Games gold medallists the United States and Great Britain, who qualified thanks to England winning the European Championships.

Meanwhile, China, Germany, Argentina, The Netherlands and India secured their places through the Hockey World League semi-finals, although hosts Brazil won't be there due to their world ranking not being high enough.

The final berth in the 12-team tournament, which is set to be held from August 7 to 20 at the Olympic Hockey Center in Deodoro, will be finalised after the African Hockey Championships.

Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe will all be vying for the spot during a round robin tournament, which is due to begin tomorrow (October 23) in the South African town of Randburg and run through until November 1.

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http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1031129/japan-claim-rio-2016-womens-hockey-berth-after-australia-and-new-zealand-reach-oceania-cup-final

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Does anyone know whether there is any news on whether South Africa will send hockey teams both mens and womens if they qualify out of the African champs.I haven heard that they wont be sending a team.

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Does anyone know whether there is any news on whether South Africa will send hockey teams both mens and womens if they qualify out of the African champs.I haven heard that they wont be sending a team. [/quote

They won't be sending a team.

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Does anyone know whether there is any news on whether South Africa will send hockey teams both mens and womens if they qualify out of the African champs.I haven heard that they wont be sending a team. [/quote

They won't be sending a team.

Thanks for that update. Appreciate it.

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Pool composition released for European women's Continental Olympic Qualifier

Luxembourg, October 23, 2015 - Volleyball fans can look forward to an exciting European women's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament from January 4-9, which will be held at the Baskent Volleyball Hall in Ankara, Turkey.

The competition winners will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics; the runners-up and third-placed team will play for a place at the Summer Games at the World Olympic qualifier which is due to follow in May / June 2016.

The eight participating teams were split into two pools of four each as follows:

Pool A: Turkey (host), Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia

Pool B: Russia, Italy, Belgium, Poland

Serbia have already secured a place in Rio de Janeiro after finishing second at the FIVB Volleyball Women's World Cup held in Japan this summer. The other top sides in the latest European Women’s Ranking will compete for the much coveted ticket to the Olympics in Turkey’s capital.

The eight teams participating in the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament were seeded according to their position in the latest European Women’s Ranking, which was released earlier this month following completion of the 2015 women’s EuroVolley.

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Pools for men's European Continental Olympic Qualifier announced

Luxembourg, October 23, 2015 - It is only five days since the 2015 edition of the men’s EuroVolley came to a close in Sofia, but European volleyball fans can already start making plans for the European men's Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament which is due to take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin from January 5 to 10.

The competition winners will book tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympics, while the runners-up and third-placed team will pursue their Olympic dreams at the World Olympic qualifier which is due to follow in May/June 2016.

The eight participating teams were split into two pools of four each as follows:

Pool A: Germany (hosts), Poland, Serbia, Belgium

Pool B: Russia, Bulgaria, France, Finland

With Italy already qualified for Rio 2016 after claiming second place at the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup, the remaining top sides from the latest European Men’s Ranking will compete for the much coveted ticket to the Olympics on offer in Germany’s capital.

The eight teams participating in the Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament were seeded according to their position in the latest European Men’s Ranking, which was released earlier this week following completion of the 2015 men’s EuroVolley.

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Ireland men's hockey team qualify for Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Ireland men's hockey team have qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Australia beat New Zealand 3-2 in the Oceania Cup final on Sunday.

Australia's success left a place for Ireland as the team who ranked highest at the Hockey World League semi-finals in July, who had not already qualified.

Ireland finished fifth at the Antwerp event and are the 11th team to qualify.

It will be the first time in more than 100 years that an Irish hockey team has participated in an Olympic Games.

Ireland put themselves within touching distance of qualifying for the Olympics for the first time by beating Malaysia 4-1 in a play-off for fifth place at the World League in the summer, but had to wait more than three months to have their place confirmed.

The coronation of Australia as continental champions meant an extra place being allocated to the World League.

The Irish men, who made history by winning a bronze medal at the Eurohockey Championships in August, will become the first to represent Ireland in a team sport at an Olympic Games since 1948.

Ireland picked up silver medals in the inaugural Olympic hockey event, which took place in London in 1908.

"It probably hasn't sunk in yet but we're over the moon. It's testament to what the guys have achieved this year on and off the field," said Ireland coach Craig Fulton.

Ireland will join Brazil, India, Germany, Canada, Spain, Belgium, Great Britain, Argentina, Netherlands, Australia and one remaining qualifier at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which take place from 5-21 August 2016.

BBC

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Twelve countries from three continents confirm interest in hosting 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

MIES, Switzerland (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women) - Twelve countries from three continents have expressed interest in hosting the four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women that will take place in June-July 2016.

France and Spain are the candidates to host the 12-team Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (WOQT) running from 13-19 June, which has five places on offer for the Women's Olympic Basketball Tournament at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 12 teams that qualified for the WOQT through the women's continental championships are: Argentina, Belarus, Cameroon, China, Cuba, France, Korea, New Zealand, Nigeria, Spain, Turkey and Venezuela.

On the men's side, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Iran, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey are in the running to hold the three 6-team Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (OQTs) that will run over the course of six days during the week of 4-10 July. The winning team at each of the three events will qualify for the Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament.

The 15 teams that have already qualified for the three OQTs through the men's continental championships are: Angola, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Serbia and Tunisia.

Three more will join them, depending on the selection of the hosts of the tournaments. If any of Czech Republic, Greece, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Philippines or Serbia are granted the hosting duties for an OQT, then the best non-qualified teams from the respective continent will be asked to express their interest in participating in the OQTs. Germany, Israel and Turkey can only participate in next year's Olympic qualifiers if they are granted the right to host one of the tournaments.

The main evaluation criteria taken into account by FIBA to determine the hosts of the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournaments are:

  • Player welfare - best possible conditions for players
  • Stakeholder experience - first-class event for spectators, teams, media and broadcasters, commercial partners as well as all other stakeholders. This includes venues filled to capacity and the provision of appropriate promotional strategy to achieve this goal.
  • State-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure - FIBA aims at hosting events in high-level competition venues that meet or exceed its requirements.
  • Legacy - event must bring benefits for basketball in the country, prestige and credit to the host nation and FIBA, as well as being of support to the strategic ambitions of the entire basketball family.
  • Commercial model - the event must be based on sound commercial and promotional initiatives and be financially successful.

The deadline to submit candidature files is Wednesday 11 November, following which an evaluation of all bids will take place.

FIBA

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Kuwait Loses Olympic Qualifying Event Over Visa Denial

WASHINGTON — The IOC revoked the Olympic qualifying status of a shooting championship in Kuwait on Thursday after an Israeli official was denied a visa to enter the Gulf country for the event.

The IOC executive board stripped the Asian Shooting Championship of its Olympic status on the request of the International Sports Shooting Federation. The event is scheduled from Nov. 1-12.

The IOC said the federation's technical delegate, Yair Davidovich of Israel, was scheduled to supervise the event on behalf of the ISSF but was denied a visa by the Kuwaiti immigration department.

"The denial of a visa is against the non-discrimination principle of the Olympic Charter," the IOC said. "The Olympic Charter must apply for all Olympic Qualification competitions."

The decision came two days after the IOC suspended Kuwait's national Olympic committee because of government interference.

It also came as Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a Kuwaiti, chaired the general assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees in Washington.

The suspension came after Kuwait failed to amend its disputed sports legislation by the Oct. 27 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee. FIFA suspended Kuwait's soccer association over the same issue two weeks ago.

If the suspension is not lifted before next year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Kuwaiti athletes would be barred from representing their country at the games. The IOC would consider giving them special dispensation to compete as individuals under the Olympic flag.

Kuwait was first suspended by the IOC in 2010, also in a dispute over government interference. The country was reinstated in 2012 ahead of the London Games after Kuwait's ruler, Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, pledged autonomy for the Olympic committee and promised new legislation for institutions governing sports.

AP

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/10/29/sports/olympics/ap-oly-ioc-kuwait.html?_r=0

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USA to host Women's NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament

Lausanne, Switzerland, November 10, 2015 - The Women's NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament will take place in Lincoln, Nebraska from January 7-9 after USA Volleyball was selected to host the event. The four-team tournament will feature hosts USA, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Canada, who will compete for a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

"We are thrilled to hear that Lincoln will host our zone Olympic qualifier," said United States Women's National Team Head Coach Karch Kiraly. "It's truly an honour and a privilege - and a phenomenal opportunity - to play on an American court, in front of thousands of USA fans, with these four teams battling for a ticket to the Rio Olympics. We can't wait to get back there, after getting to play - and win - the FIVB [Volleyball] World Grand Prix Finals in Nebraska just a few months ago."

The competition winners will qualify for next year's Summer Games. The second placed team at the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament will get another chance to win a berth at the Rio 2016 Olympics at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament which will take place in Japan between the periods of May 14 to June 5, 2016. Japan - the hosts of that event - will be joined by the top three ranked teams from Asia according to the FIVB Women's world ranking as well as the second and third placed teams from the European Olympic Qualification Tournament, the second placed team from the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament and the second placed team from the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament. The best ranked Asian team and the top three ranked teams from this tournament will qualify for the Olympics.

The third placed team from the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament in January will join the third placed team from the South American Olympic Qualification Tournament, and the second and third placed teams from the African Olympic Qualification Tournament to play for a final vacancy at the Intercontinental Olympic Qualification Tournament due to be held in the period from May 14 to June 5.


Men's teams qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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