Wrestling: Quotas Lost Due to Meldonium Reinstated

After reviewing the meldonium guidelines outlined by the IOC and WADA the United World Wrestling has reinstated the disqualified quotas for nations. Specifically the quotas won by; Poland’s Magomedmurat Gadzhiev (men’s freestyle -65kg), Ukraine’s Andriy Kziatkovsky (men’s freestyle -65kg), Kyrgyzstan’s Yanarbek Kenzheev (men’s Greco-Roman -85kg), Mongolia’s Sumiya Erdenchimeg (women’s freestyle -53kg) and Ukraine’s Oksana Herhel (women’s freestyle -58kg).

Also while Ukraine’s Alen Zasieiev (men’s freestyle -125kg) was reinstated Ukraine did not gain a quota because the nation re-qualified at a later tournament. The UWW also announced that the nations which benefitted from the reallocation previously will get to keep their quotas.


Quotas by Nations

  • Ukraine – 2
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Poland – 1




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



Wrestling: Olympic Quotas Reallocated Due to Doping

Update: Egypt’s Aly Hamdy also tested positive for doping in the men’s freestyle -97kg. The quota has been transferred to Guinea-Bissau via Bedopassa Buassat.

United World Wrestling has announced some changes to the qualification list. The changes are due to athletes who qualified their nation getting caught doping. Following the qualification document the next highest ranked athlete from the event where the doping infraction occurred qualified their nation to the Olympics. This caused some confusion in two weight classes because the newly qualified nation had qualified in a subsequent event meaning that spot also had to be reallocated. In total seven athletes in five events have been caught doping.

In the men’s Greco-Roman -85kg event Kyrgyzstan’s Zhanarbek Kenzheev was caught doping in the Asian Olympic Qualifier. The Olympic quota was reallocated to India via Ravinder Khatri’s bronze medal performance.

In the women’s freestyle events there were two doping cases. In the -53kg event Mongalia’s Sumiya Erdenechimeg was caught doping in the Asian Olympic Qualifier meaning the quota has been reallocated to India via Kumari Babita. Similarly in the -58kg Ukraine’s Okasan Herhel was caught doping in the European Olympic Qualifier, moving the quota to Moldova via Mariana Cherdivara Esanu.

The men’s freestyle events are bit more complicated. In the -65kg event both Magomedmurad Gadzhiev of Poland and Andriy Kvyatkovskyy of Ukraine were caught doping during the European Olympic Qualifier. This would transfer the quotas to Georgia via Zurabi IakoBishvili and Armenia via Devid Safaryan. This caused Georgia’s spot won during the 1st World Olympic Qualifier to transfer to Bulgaria via Boris Novachkov and subsequently Bulgaria’s spot won during the 2nd World Olympic Qualifier will be transferred to the United States via Frank Molinaro.

Similarly in the men’s freestyle -125kg event both Ukraine’s Allen Zasieiev and Belarus’ Yusup Jalilau were caught doping during the European Olympic Qualifier. The quotas were now transferred to Bulgaria via Lyuben Iliev and Hungary via Daniel Ligeti. Hungary’s spot won during the 1st World Olympic Qualifier should have been transferred to Bulgaria, but Bulgaria has already qualified through the European qualifier meaning the quota has been given to Kyrgyzstan via Aiaal Lazarev.

There is the possibility that more suspensions could occur in the future, though it would likely be from athletes which only compete in one of the two World Qualification Tournaments.


Quotas by Nations (Net Changes)

  • India – +2
  • Armenia – +1
  • Bulgaria – +1
  • Moldova – +1
  • United States – +1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 0
  • Belarus – -1
  • Mongolia – -1
  • Poland – -1
  • Ukraine – -3



Wrestling: Final Spots Given At 2nd Qualification Tournament

23 nations qualified athletes at the 2016 Second World Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Second World Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Istanbul, Turkey from May 6th to May 8th 2016.

The men’s Greco-Roman events featured four withdrawals in the finals, mostly due to the perception that there was nothing left to fight for after qualifying to the Olympics. Turkey benefitted from this as they became the winners in the -75kg where Selcuk Cebi defeated Bulgaria’s Daniel Aleksandrov and in the -98kg where Cenk Ildem defeated Italy’s Daigoro Timoncini. Similarly Germany’s Denis Kudla had a walkover against Georgia’s Robert Kobliashvili in the -85kg and Sweden’s Johan Euren had a walkover against Georgia’s Iakob Kajaia. In the events where the final was actually played Azerbaijan’s Rasul Chunayev defeated Kyrgyzstan’s Ruslan Tsarev in the -66kg. Iran completed its Greco-Roman team with Iran’s Hamid Sourian defeating United States’ Jesse Thielke in the -59kg.

In the women’s freestyle Ukraine did well by winning two events. Yuliya Khavaldzhy defeated Turkey’s Bediha Gun in the -53kg while Alina Stadnyk had a walkover against Norway’s Signe Marie Store in the -69kg. Russia also had two gold medalists with Ekaterina Bukina defeating Germany’s Maria Selmaier in the -75kg and Valeria Koblova defeating India’s Sakshi Malik in the -58kg. India won a gold medal of its own in the -48kg where Vinesh Phogat defeated Poland’s Iwona Matkowska. In the -63kg Poland won the gold where Monika Michalik defeated Sweden’s Henna Johansson.

Uzbekistan won two quotas in the men’s freestyle events. Bekzod Abdurakhmanov won the -74kg in a walkover against Spain’s Taimuraz Friev while Abbos Rakhmonov lost in the final of the -57kg to Turkey’s Suleyman Atli. In the -65kg Bulgaria’s Borislav Novachkov won in a walkover against Canada’s Haislan Garcia. China’s Bi Shengfeng defeated South Korea’s Kim Gwan-Uk in the -86kg. The -97kg saw Romania’s Albert Saritov defeating Mongolia’s Dorjkhandyn Khüderbulga. The -125kg had Ukraine’s Oleksandr Khotsianivskyi defeating Belarus’ Ibrahim Saidau.

The men’s freestyle -125kg highlights a strange scenario as both Ukraine and Belarus qualified different athletes at the European qualifiers. This is due to those athletes failing a doping test. However, those athletes have not been formally suspended so depending on the hearings there will be reallocations of quotas one way or another.

Overall this was the final opportunity for athletes to qualify to the Olympics. In total before reallocation and tripartite quotas 59 nations qualified at least one athlete. Russia will compete in the most events, qualifying in 17 out of the 18 events, missing only the women’s freestyle -53kg.


Quotas by Nations

  • Turkey – 4
  • Ukraine – 3
  • Bulgaria – 2
  • Georgia – 2
  • Germany – 2
  • India – 2
  • Poland – 2
  • Russia – 2
  • Sweden – 2
  • Uzbekistan – 2
  • Azerbaijan – 1
  • Belarus – 1
  • Canada – 1
  • China – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Italy – 1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Norway – 1
  • Romania – 1
  • South Korea – 1
  • Spain – 1
  • United States – 1



Weightlifting: Japan and Vietnam Top Olympic Rankings at Asian Championship

Japan and Vietnam led all nations in the team Olympic rankings at the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championship. The team rankings are constructed by adding the points of the top 6 men or top 4 women of each nation which has yet to qualify to the Olympics. The top seven men’s teams and the top six women’s teams qualified 1 athlete each. The Asian Weightlifting Championship was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from April 22nd to April 30th 2016.

The women’s rankings was topped by Vietnam whom had four athletes finishing as the top ranked athlete from unqualified nations in their weight class thus earning the maximum of 112 points. Following Vietnam were Uzbekistan, India and Mongolia whom finished with 101, 100 and 96 points respectively. The Philippines led by Hidilyn Diaz in the -53kg event finished safely in fifth with a total of 91 points. The final spot came down to Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates. Going into the final two events Turkmenistan’s Aysoltan Toychyyeva did enough in the -75kg to place her in the lead at 83 points. However, with two United Arab Emirates lifters in the +75kg Turkmenistan had to hope none of the expected competitors ranked above them fail to lift a weight. In the end everyone was able to lift a weight meaning United Arab Emirates narrowly missed out in finishing in the top six as they finished with 81 points.

The men’s ranking was topped by Japan whom sent a very strong team to finish with a total of 145 points. The team podium was filled with Iraq and Malaysia whom finished with a total of 142 and 137 points respectively. As each event went through it became apparent that five nations will be fighting for four spots. Disaster struck for Saudi Arabia in the -94kg event where won of their lifters failed to lift a weight. This was also their final athlete meaning at 121 points Saudi Arabia would have to sit and watch the final two events and hope a nation either underperforms or fails to lift a weight altogether. This did not happened meaning Saudi Arabia finished in eighth. The nations which did qualified were Kyrgyzstan (132 points), Syria (129 points), India (129 points) and Turkmenistan (125 points).

Note that these results are not final until all samples are tested for doping. Asian athletes will have only one more opportunity to qualify, through the world rankings. The three remaining continents will have their qualifiers over the next six weeks.


Quotas by Nations

  • India – 2
  • Turkmenistan – 2
  • Iraq – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1
  • Malaysia – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Philippines – 1
  • Syria – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1
  • Vietnam – 1



IWF. 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championship – Results. Access on April 30 2016.

Boxing: 11 Nations Qualify After Asia/Oceania Qualification Tournament

China, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan led the way at the 2016 Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top three athletes in the men’s events and the top two athletes in the women’s events qualify to the Olympics. The Asia and Oceania Boxing Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Qian’an, China from March 25th to April 2nd 2016.

The first day of finals had six of the men’s weight classes decided. It was a big night for Uzbekistan whom won four of the events and qualified to the Olympics. They won in the light flyweight (-49kg) over the Philippines, the flyweight (-52kg) over China, the welterweight (-69kg) over Thailand and the light heavyweight (-81kg) over Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan won gold in the middleweight (-75kg) over China and came in third and qualified to the Olympics in the flyweight and bantamweight (-56kg). The bantamweight was won by Thailand whom defeated India. The remaining quota places went to Mongolia in the light flyweight and welterweight, Australia in the middleweight and Kyrgyzstan in the light heavyweight.

In women’s boxing China was the top nation winning all three of the weight classes. 2012 Olympic silver medalist Ren Cancan defeated Uzbekistan’s Yodgoroy Mirzaeva in the flyweight (-51kg), Yin Junhua defeated 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist Shelley Watts of Australia in the lightweight (-60kg) and Li Qian defeated Kazakhstan’s Dariga Shakimova in the middleweight (-75kg).

In the second day of finals for the men it was Kazakhstan which took home the most gold medals. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Ivan Dychko defeated Uzbekistan’s Bakhodir in the final of the super heavyweight (+91kg). Kazakhstan’s second medal was in the light welterweight (-64kg) where Ablaikhan Zhussupov defeated Mongolia’s Baatarsükhiin Chinzorig. Mongolia won a gold medal in the lightweight (-60kg) where Dorjnyambuugiin Otgondalai defeated Charly Suarez of the Philippines. The final gold medal went to Uzbekistan whom capped off a great tournament in the heavyweight (-91kg) as Rustam Tulagonov defeated China’s Yu Fengkai. China also qualified a quota in the light welterweight after winning a box-off. The remaining quota places went to Japan in the lightweight, Australia in the heavyweight and Jordan in the super heavyweight.

Including other events both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will now be able to send a full men’s team to the Olympics. Non-qualified athletes will still have a couple of more chances to qualify to the Olympics with two more Olympic qualification tournaments for men and the World Championship for the women remaining.


Quotas by Nations

  • China – 7
  • Kazakhstan – 7
  • Uzbekistan – 7
  • Mongolia – 4
  • Australia – 3
  • Philippines – 2
  • Thailand – 2
  • India – 1
  • Japan – 1
  • Jordan – 1
  • Kyrgyzstan – 1



Wrestling: Kazakhstan Leads Nations at Asian Qualifier

Kazakhstan led all nations with nine qualified athletes at the 2016 Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each weight class qualified their nation to the Olympics. The Asian Wrestling Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Astana, Kazakhstan from March 18th to March 20th 2016.

Kazakhstan led all nations in the men’s freestyle, winning the -74kg event and qualifying in the -86kg, -97kg, and -125kg. Japan was the only nation to qualify in multiple events in this discipline as they won in the men’s -57kg by defeating South Korea’s Yun Jun-Sik and qualified in the -74kg. 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Yogeshwar Dutt won the -65kg event by walkover against China’s Yeerlanbieke Katai. 2014 Asian silver medalist Magomed Musaev of Kyrgyzstan won the -97kg while Iran’s 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Komeil Ghasemi won the -125kg. Iran has formally qualified a full men’s freestyle team. The other gold medal went to Orgodolyn Uitumen of Mongolia in the -86kg.

Kazakhstan again led all nations in the women’s freestyle events by winning the -48kg over Vietnam’s Vu Thi Hang and winning the -69kg over Chinese Taipei’s Chen Wen-Ling. They also qualified in the -63kg and -75kg. Mongolia’s Erdenechimegiin Sumiyaa won the -53kg over Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Lua while her compatriot Purevdorjiin Orkhon lost in the final of the -58kg event against Kyrgyzstan’s Aisuluu Tynybekova. Japan completed its women’s team by winning the -75kg while China’s Wang Xiaoqian won the -63kg.

China had a great tournament in the men’s Greco-Roman as they won three gold medals with Wang Lumin defeating Japan’s Shinobu Ota in the -59kg, Peng Fei defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Janarbek Kenjeev in the -85kg and Xiao Di winning by walkover against India’s Hardeep Singh in the -98kg. 2012 Olympic champion Kim Hyeon-Woo of South Korea defeated Uzbekistan’s Dilshod Turdiev while 2012 Olympic champion Omid Norouzi lost to Japan’s Tomohiro Inoue, but has still qualified his nation to the Olympics. 2014 Asian Games champion Nurmakhan Tinaliyev of Kazkahstan won the -130kg by defeating Kyrgyzstan’s Murat Ramonov.

Adding the quotas qualified at the World Championships Kazakhstan, Iran and Japan lead the continent for most qualified athletes in this sport. Non-qualified nations will still have two more opportunities to qualify at one of the two final qualification tournaments.


Quotas by Nations

  • Kazakhstan – 9
  • China – 5
  • Japan – 5
  • Kyrgyzstan – 4
  • Mongolia – 3
  • India – 2
  • Iran – 2
  • South Korea – 2
  • Vietnam – 2
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1