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Baku 2015 to put athletes on the road to Rio

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Twelve Baku 2015 sports offer the chance of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games

As well as the pursuit of a historic first European Games medal, for athletes in a dozen Baku 2015 sports, strong performances could have a significant impact on qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

There are three ways in which competitors in Azerbaijan can edge closer to their Olympic dreams: by achieving the required qualification standards in their sports (such as running the men’s 100m in 10.16 seconds or under); by earning world ranking points that will be used to decide qualifiers closer to the Rio 2016 Games; by winning direct qualification places for their National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

Within each Olympic event the number of athletes from the same nation is limited, and each NOC will make the final decision on which athletes they send, with final entries to be officially confirmed in July 2016.

Below we explain how different sports at Baku 2015 will offer the chance of qualification for Rio 20016.

Direct qualification: Shooting, Table Tennis, Triathlon

Qualifying standards: Athletics, Swimming

Ranking points: Archery, Cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road Cycling), Judo, Taekwondo, Volleyball (and Beach Volleyball)

In men's Boxing, the gold and silver medal winners in Baku, plus the bronze medallist beaten by the eventual gold medallist, will qualify for the world championships in Doha in October 2015, which is one of the main qualifying tournaments for Rio.

In Wrestling, among the European nations, only wrestlers whose NOC takes part in Baku 2015 will be eligible to participate in the first phase of Rio 2016 qualifying, which will be part of the 2015 world championships.

The Wrestling and Judo competitions at Baku 2015 also double up as their sports’ respective European championships.


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