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Eight countries bidding to host the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments

MIES, Switzerland (2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women) – FIBA has officially announced the candidates running to host the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments.

Eight countries have submitted their final bid to host one of the four 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments for Men and Women.

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.

On the men’s side, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Philippines, Serbia and Turkey are in the running to hold the three 6-team Olympic Qualifying Tournaments 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.

Given the high number of candidates bidding to host one of the four events and in order to properly assess each candidature, the evaluation period has been extended and the decision regarding the four hosts will be taken by FIBA’s Executive Committee on 19 January 2016.

The Draw for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments will take place on 26 January 2016 at the House of Basketball in Mies, Switzerland.

Details about the participants and the main evaluation criteria can be found here .


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Pretty expected field in Rugby 7s so far. The only real potential upset outside of the Colombian women would be South Africa not qualifying on the women's side, but that's a self inflicted blow from the South African Olympic committee, not a failure of the team to qualify.

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It still isn't 100% that the South African women won't qualify.

On the men's side the final spot should come down to Canada, Tonga and Samoa. Hopefully Canada can have a strong tournament in Dubai and Cape Town leading into next year. I am guessing the final tournament will be in Ireland, Canada or Hong Kong.

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Japan women’s rugby sevens team books spot at Rio Olympics

Japan will have two teams in Rio when rugby makes its return to the Olympics next year after the Sakura Sevens joined the men in booking their tickets to Brazil on Sunday.

The Japan women’s team earned its berth with a 14-7 win over Kazakhstan in the final of the second leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Qualifier at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground.



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

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First 60 boxers from 24 countries confirmed for Rio 2016 as early Olympic quota places taken up

Next August, in the Barra da Tijuca neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, 286 boxers will take to the ring with Olympic glory on their minds as the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing competition gets underway. Today, the first 60 boxers heading to Rio have been confirmed for the men’s competition, including 34 Olympic debutants.

AIBA Pro Boxing tournaments have produced 20 qualifiers, Season V of the World Series of Boxing gleaned 17 Olympians and 23 athletes have secured quota places thanks to their performances at the 2015 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Doha.

“The qualification of 60 boxers is a demonstration of the hard work of the AIBA family in the development of the sport of boxing and I would like congratulate our member federations, the qualified boxers and all those involved. I would also like to praise the AIBA team and Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the hard work in delivering the Boxing Test Event in Rio. I trust that with the support of the Organising Committee AIBA will improve on the recent success of the World Championships in Doha to deliver an event greater Boxing Tournament in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games”, said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu.

Cuba have seven boxers confirmed on the plane to Brazil, including three-time world champions Julio Cesar La Cruz and Lazaro Alvarez. In all, the Americas have 12 boxers on route to Rio thus far, while 5 African athletes are all set to make the trip, including Morocco’s world champion Mohammed Rabii.

Ireland’s recent successes at the 2015 World Championships means that four boxers from the Emerald Isle, including Michael Conlan and Patrick Barnes, now have their Olympic berths confirmed.

Despite not fielding a single boxer at London 2012, Croatia can already count on the talents of WSB super heavyweight champion Filip Hrgovic in Rio, while double world champion Clemente Russo of Italy and France’s World Champion Tony Yoka are also among the 60 names now qualified.

A further 190 men and 36 women will be confirmed for Rio 2016 over the coming months, with AIBA Olympic Qualifiers being held in Argentina, Cameroon and China in March. The main women’s qualification tournament comes at May’s World Championships in Kazakhstan, with the final qualification spots for both men and women to be taken up in Azerbaijan in June.

See the names of first 60 confirmed boxers to Rio 2016 Olympic Games.



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Track and field qualifying standards change for Rio Olympics

The International Association of Athletics Federation has revised the qualifying standards for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer.

Athletes have until July 11, 2016 to achieve the qualification standards. Track and field events at the Olympics begin on Aug. 12 and conclude with the men's marathon on Aug. 21.

“In April 2015, the IAAF Council approved the entry standards but allowed for a review following the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 where a similar system of qualification and similar standards were used,” the IAAF said in a statement. ”Resulting from the experience of these championships, the Technical Delegates proposed some amendments to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games entry standards, which have been accepted by all parties.”

As opposed to previous global championships, there is only one single standard and no option for an ‘A’ standard or ‘B’ standard.


Here are some of the noted changes:

• The women's 400-meter dash time was slowed .20 seconds from 52.00 to 52.20.

• Half a second was added to the women’s 800-meter run standard which goes from 2:01.00 to 2:01.50. At last year’s U.S. outdoor championship, 2:00.48 did not qualify for the final. Alexa Efraimson (2:01.11), Hanna Green (2:01.17), Katie Mackey (2:01.20), Gabe Grunewald (2:01.23) now meet the qualifying standard for Rio.

• A full second was added to the women’s 1,500-meter run, which moved from 4:06:00 to 4:07:00. In 2015, 15 American women have run faster then 4:07:00 for the event. Rachel Schneider, a professional runner for Under Armour and Georgetown graduate, picks up the standard with the change as she has run 4:06.90 this year.

• In the women’s 5,000-meter run, the qualifying standard was slowed by four seconds from 15:20 to 15:24.

• Marathon qualifying standards changed on both sides as the women were added three seconds to jump from 2:42:00 to 2:25:00. The men’s qualifier goes from 2:17:00 to 2:19:00. The United States will determine its Olympic marathoners with the Olympic Marathon Trials scheduled for Feb. 13 in Los Angeles.

• The men’s triple jump qualifying standard was eased from 16.90-meters to 16.85-meters and the women’s from 14.20-meters to 14.15-meters.

• Only three men’s track events changed qualifying standards. In the men’s 800-meter run and 1,500-meter run, .20 seconds were added to the qualifying times which now stand at 1:46.00 and 3:36.20 respectively. Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano ran a season's best of 3:36.16 and is now qualified for a return to the Olympics for the 1,500-meters, if he makes the U.S. team at the Olympic Trials. Former NCAA champion Robby Andrews ran a season's best of 1:45.98 in the 800-meters for 2015 and represented the U.S. in the 1,500-meters at the IAAF World Championships. His 800-meter performance now meets the standard.

• The men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase qualifier was added two seconds and goes from 8:28.00 to 8:30.00.


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Olympic repechage events set for Monaco and Dublin in June

One place will be up for grabs in the men's and women's sevens events in Rio 2016.

World Rugby has announced that Monaco and Dublin will host the final rugby sevens qualification tournaments for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

With 11 of the 12 teams confirmed for both events, the climax to the global qualification process will deliver the final men's and women's teams. The magnificent Stade Louis in Monaco will host the men's tournament on 18-19 June, 2016 while Dublin's UCD Bowl will host the women's repechage a week later on 25-26 June.

A total of 16 men's teams will compete in Monaco for the one remaining place for Rio 2016 between 9-11 August. They are: Uruguay, Chile, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Germany, Ireland, Hong Kong, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Samoa, Zimbabwe, Morocco and Tunisia. The winner will join Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand, Great Britain, Argentina, USA, France, Japan, Australia, Kenya and hosts Brazil at Rio 2016.

Mirroring the men's process, 16 women's teams will be in action in Dublin, having secured a place via the regional qualification process. They are Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Russia, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Samoa, Cook Islands, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and China. The winners will join New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Colombia, USA, France, Fiji, Japan and hosts Brazil at Rio 2016 from 6-8 August.



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Kenya women secure Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rugby Sevens place

World Rugby has confirmed that Kenya's women's rugby sevens team will compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The announcement follows confirmation by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) to the South African Rugby Union and World Rugby that it does not intend to accept a place at the Games, which the South African women earned via the Africa regional qualifier.

Kenya, who were runners-up in the qualification tournament held earlier this year, will now take the coveted place. The Kenya NOC has accepted the position in accordance with the Olympic Games qualification rules.


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Personally I find what SASOC is doing to be a little ridiculous. I understand that Africa doesn't really grant much in the way of competition continent-wide in some sports like field hockey and rugby and SASOC would prefer deeper competition for them. But many African nations aren't going to get to that direction overnight. Better get that Olympics now and take advantage of it now. It hurts the profile of the South African women athletes like them who incredibly hard under those programs throughout sub-Saharan African in their profiles and casual fans watching on SuperSport and SABC Sport who don't know or don't follow about the sport and is deeply unfair--as well as swelling the number of young South African women eager to play it in the future. Not to say the Kenyans aren't capable.

In rugby's case, the nations ahead of the Springbok women like Australia, Great Britain, France, and NZ aren't going to tumble from the top anytime soon for SA to move ahead. That's the reality. Time for some new SASOC leadership.


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Olympic pools confirmed as Spain women and New Zealand men complete Rio 2016 line-up

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Spain women and New Zealand men have officially accepted invitations to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games hockey events.

This now confirms the 12 team line-ups for both the men’s and women’s hockey events for next year’s Olympics, and following last week’s FIH World Rankings update, the pools are now set.

In women’s Pool A, defending Olympic and reigning world champions Netherlands, ranked number 1 in the FIH World Rankings, will face 2015 Hockey World League runners up New Zealand (ranked 4 in the World Rankings); China (5); Germany (8); Korea (9) and Spain (14).

In women’s Pool B, 2015 Hockey World League champions Argentina (2) will face Australia (3); Great Britain (6 – based on England’s ranking); USA (7); Japan (10) and India (13).

In the men’s event, Pool A sees reigning World and Hockey World League champions Australia, currently ranked number one in the world, face Great Britain (4 – based on England’s ranking); 2015 Hockey World League runners up Belgium (5); New Zealand (8); Spain (11) and hosts Brazil (32).

In Pool B of the men’s event, world number two ranked Netherlands will play defending Olympic champions Germany (3); Argentina (6); India (7); Ireland (12) and Canada (14).

The full match schedule for all the pool games and play-off stages will be confirmed later in February.

Spain women and New Zealand men were invited to participate following the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) decision to reject invitations for South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams.

To find out more about how the teams have qualified for Rio 2016, click here for the men and here for the women.

To download the FIH Qualification System for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad – Rio 2016, click here.

To see the latest FIH World Rankings, click here.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Hockey Events Pools


Pool A Pool B

NED (1) ARG (2)

NZL (4) AUS (3)

CHN (5) GBR (6)

GER (8) USA (7)

KOR (9) JPN (10)

ESP (14) IND (13)


Pool A Pool B

AUS (1) NED (2)

GBR (4) GER (3)

BEL (5) ARG (6)

NZL (8) IND (7)

ESP (11) IRL (12)

BRA (32) CAN (14)


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Russia and USA secure Rio 2016 berth

Ankara, Turkey, January 9, 2016 – Russia secured their Rio 2016 spot after winning the final of the European Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament against the Netherlands 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20), while Italy defeated hosts Turkey 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 25-23, 15-25, 15-13) to finish in third place at Baskent Volleyball Hall on Saturday.
Netherlands and Italy still have another chance to go to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, through the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan later this year.


Lincoln, USA, January 9, 2016 – The United States seized the Rio 2016 Olympic Games berth after they defeated Dominican Republic 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-18) on Saturday evening to conclude the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament in front of 10,213 fans at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
In the earlier match, Puerto Rico claimed the NORCECA Olympic Qualification Tournament bronze medal, when they defeated Canada 3-0 (32-30-, 25-17, 25-20) on the final day of competition
USA, which also clinched an Olympic Games spot on domestic soil back in 2000, finished the tournament 3-0, while Dominican Republic finished the tournament at 2-1. The Dominican Republic will channel its focus on Olympic qualification with a last opportunity in May at the World Olympic Qualification Tournament in Japan.
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Russia and USA secure Rio 2016 berth

For the first 5 or 6 places, it's always the same traditional powerhouse teams:

Men: Brazil, Russia, USA, Italy, Poland...maybe France and Cuba

Women: USA, China, Brazil, Serbia, Japan, Russia, maybe Italy and Germany

And the remaining places are distributed to the continental winners and at-large spots.

And then there are the pesky 2016 World League and Grand Prix comps to complicate things for the OGs.

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Who's in #Rio2016 so far? Here's a graphic of all the teams qualified so far, men & women.


Who has qualified so far for the women's world qualifying tourneys in Japan? Here's the two lists:


What does the men's world qualifier in Japan look like prior to NORCECA finishing tonight? Take a look


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