Judo: Olympic Rankings Published 113 Nations Qualify

113 nations qualified through the Judo Olympic Rankings. Athletes earned points through various world and continental events over a two year period. There were two methods of qualifying. First the top 22 men and top 14 women qualify with a maximum of one NOC per weight class. Second are the continental qualifiers. The highest ranked, not yet qualified athletes across all events can qualify. Each continent has a set amount of quotas; Africa 24 (14 men, 10 women), Europe 25 (14 men, 11 women), Asia 20 (12 men, 8 women), Oceania 10 (7 men, 3 women), and Pan America 21 (13 men, 8 women). A nation can only earn one spot across all events through this and a single continent can qualify a maximum of two athletes in a single event. The qualification period lasted from May 30th 2014 to May 29th 2016.

In total 113 nations have qualified with France and Japan joining hosts Brazil as being the only nation to have qualified a full team of men and women. Also qualifying a full men’s team are Georgia, Germany, Mongolia, Russia, South Korea and Uzbekistan. Overall 53 nations only qualified through the continental rankings while 14 nations did not receive a continental quota. Oceania did not allocate all 10 of its continental quotas thus the unused quota was reallocated to the athlete with the most points and is not yet qualified among all events, specifically Uzbekistan’s Soyib Kurbonov in the men’s -100kg.

The quotas are tied to the athletes by name with the exception of where multiple athletes from the same nation finished in the top 22 for men and top 14 for women where the nation can choose from among them. All that is left to determine in judo is the tripartite quotas.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • France – 14
  • Japan – 14
  • Germany – 13
  • Mongolia – 13
  • South Korea – 12
  • Netherlands – 11
  • Russia – 11
  • Cuba – 9
  • Canada – 8
  • China – 8
  • Georgia – 8
  • Hungary – 8
  • Uzbekistan – 8
  • Australia – 7
  • Great Britain – 7
  • Israel – 7
  • Ukraine – 7
  • Azerbaijan – 6
  • Portugal – 6
  • United States – 6
  • Algeria – 5
  • Austria – 5
  • Belgium – 5
  • Egypt – 5
  • Italy – 5
  • Kazakhstan – 5
  • Slovenia – 5
  • Spain – 5
  • Poland – 4
  • Romania – 4
  • Sweden – 4
  • Tunisia – 4
  • Turkey – 4
  • Czech Republic – 3
  • Ecuador – 3
  • Iran – 3
  • Morocco – 3
  • North Korea – 3
  • Switzerland – 3
  • United Arab Emirates – 3
  • Argentina – 2
  • Belarus – 2
  • Bulgaria – 2
  • Chinese Taipei – 2
  • Colombia – 2
  • Gabon – 2
  • Greece – 2
  • Kosovo – 2
  • Kyrgyzstan – 2
  • Latvia – 2
  • Mexico – 2
  • Puerto Rico – 2
  • South Africa – 2
  • Tajikistan – 2
  • Turkmenistan – 2
  • American Samoa – 1
  • Angola – 1
  • Armenia – 1
  • Aruba – 1
  • Benin – 1
  • Bolivia – 1
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1
  • Burkina Faso – 1
  • Cameroon – 1
  • Chile – 1
  • Congo – 1
  • Costa Rica – 1
  • Côte d’Ivoire – 1
  • Croatia – 1
  • Dominican Republic – 1
  • El Salvador – 1
  • Estonia – 1
  • Fiji – 1
  • Finland – 1
  • Gambia – 1
  • Ghana – 1
  • Guatemala – 1
  • Guinea-Bissau – 1
  • Haiti – 1
  • Honduras – 1
  • Iceland – 1
  • India – 1
  • Iraq – 1
  • Jordan – 1
  • Kenya – 1
  • Lebanon – 1
  • Libya – 1
  • Lithuania – 1
  • Madagascar – 1
  • Mali – 1
  • Mauritius – 1
  • Moldova – 1
  • Mozambique – 1
  • Nauru – 1
  • New Zealand – 1
  • Niger – 1
  • Pakistan – 1
  • Palau – 1
  • Papua New Guinea – 1
  • Peru – 1
  • Qatar – 1
  • Samoa – 1
  • Saudi Arabia – 1
  • Senegal – 1
  • Serbia – 1
  • Seychelles – 1
  • Thailand – 1
  • Trinidad and Tobago – 1
  • Uruguay – 1
  • Vanuatu – 1
  • Venezuela – 1
  • Vietnam – 1
  • Zambia – 1

 

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Table Tennis: Nigeria Tops Africa Olympic Qualification Tournament

Three nations qualified athletes to the Olympics after the 2016 African Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament. The men’s and women’s tournament had two stages; a group stage and an elimination stage. The top two athletes from each event qualify to the Olympics. The African Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Khartoum, Sudan from February 16th to February 18th 2016.

The largest upset in the women’s group stage was Safa Saidani of Tunisia’s 3-1 win over Islem Laid of Algeria. While both athletes advanced to the knock-out round Saidani’s win gave her the top spot of the group and an easier path for Olympic qualification. Laid’s loss would come to haunt her as she was defeated in the quarter-finals by Nigeria’s Offiong Edem. Edem booked her spot to the Olympics by defeating Algeria’s Lynda Loghraibi 4-0. Safa Saidani would cause one more upset in order to qualify to the Olympics as she used all seven sets to defeat Cameroon’s Sarah Hanffou 4-3. Edem won the tournament 4-0 over Saidani.

The men’s group stage went mostly as expected as the top four athletes finished atop of their respective groups with little to no trouble. The top four seeds would all reach the semi-finals though Togo’s Mawussi Agbetoglo required all seven sets to win 4-3 over Madagascar’s Jonathan Nativel. Segun Toriola of Nigeria set an African record of most Olympic appearances after he defeated Agbetoglo 4-0 to qualify to the Olympics. The second Olympic spot went to Congo’s Suraju Saka whom defeated Tunisia’s Adem Hmam in a seven set thriller. Toriola won the tournament 4-1 over Saka.

This was the final opportunity for African players to qualify to the Olympics. By qualifying their second players Nigeria’s men and women and Congo’s men along with previously qualified Egypt’s men and women will be the only nations eligible to qualify in the team events. The highest ranked team in the world rankings from Africa will get the spot to compete.

 

Quotas by Nations

  • Nigeria – 2
  • Congo – 1
  • Tunisia – 1

 

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Table Tennis: Egypt Wins Double Gold in Singles at All-Africa Games

Egypt showed they are still one of the best African nations by winning gold in both the single events at the table tennis event at the 2015 All-Africa Games. The All-Africa Games are a multi-sport continental games for the nations of Africa. Only table tennis offered direct qualification to the Olympics. The top four highest ranked men and women in the single events qualified to the Olympics, with a maximum of two athletes per nation. The All-Africa Games were held from September 2nd to September 19th 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo. The table tennis events at the All-Africa Games were held from September 10th to September 19th 2015.

As expected from the top nations of Africa the quarterfinals for both the men’s and women’s singles were made up of athletes representing Congo, Egypt and Nigeria. In the women’s singles with four athletes in the semifinals Egypt was looking as if they would grab the two maximum spots. They were able to accomplish this with their two top seeded athletes as Dina Meshref and Nadeen El-Dawlatly defeated Nigeria’s Offiong Edem (4-2) and Cecilia Akpan (4-0) respectively. Not everything was bad for Nigeria as Olufunke Oshonaike booked her spot by defeating Yousra Helmy of Egypt 4-2. The fourth Olympic quota went to Congo’s Han Xing as she defeated Egypt’s Farah Abdel-Aziz 4-1. The final became an all-Egyptian affair when Meshref and El-Dawlatly defeated Han (4-2) and Oshonaike (4-2) respectively. Despite losing the first game it was Meshref whom defeated her compatriot, winning the gold medal with a score of 4-1. Congo took the bronze when Han defeated Oshonaike 4-1.

In the men’s singles Egypt again was able to reach the maximum quotas as Omar Assar and Khalid Assar defeated Congo’s Saheed Idowu (4-0) and Nigeria’s Ojo Onaolapo (4-1) in the quarterfinals respectively. Unseeded Wang Jianan was the upset of the tournament as he defeated multiple seeded players to reach the semifinals and an Olympic berth by defeating Nigeria’s Segun Toriola 4-1. The final Olympic spot went to Quardi Aruna of Nigeria whom defeated Ahmed Saleh of Egypt 4-1. The top two seeded athletes reached the final though Omar Assar needed all seven games to defeat Wang Jianan 4-3. Aruna defeated Khalid Assar 4-0 to book his spot to the final. In the final Omar Assar won the first two games, but things looked to turn around when Aruna won the third set 18-16. However, Omar Assar regained his composure to finish off the game to win the gold medal 4-1. The bronze medal went to Wang Jianan whom defeated Khalid Assar 4-3.

Athletes from Africa will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics at the African qualification tournament to be held in 2016. Also by qualifying two athletes Egypt has taken an early lead in the race for the team quota as number of athletes qualified is the first priority; though expect Nigeria and even Congo to make things a bit harder for Egypt by the end of the African qualification tournament.

Quotas by Nation

  • Egypt – 4
  • Congo – 2
  • Nigeria – 2

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