Golf: IGF Confirms Field After Late Changes

The International Golf Federation has announced an updated list of qualified athletes. Some quotas where denied by their federation while others were due to later withdrawals. In total three men and three women have been replaced.

On the women’s side the Netherlands declined both of their quotas while New Zealand also declined Cathryn Bristow’s quota. During the reallocation process Philippines’ Dottie Ardina withdrew. The three reallocated quotas went to Victoria Lovelady (Brazil), Stephanie Meadow (Ireland) and Maha Haddioui (Morocco)

On the men’s side Camilo Villegas (Colombia), Francesco Molinari (Italy) and Angelo Que (Philippines) withdrew and have been replaced by Matteo Manassero (Italy), Rodolfo Cazaubon (Mexico) and Jose-Filipe Lima (Portugal).


Net Changes by Nations

  • Brazil – 1
  • Ireland – 1
  • Mexico – 1
  • Morocco – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Italy – 0
  • Colombia – -1
  • New Zealand – -1
  • Philippines – -1
  • Netherlands – -2




Golf: Olympic Rankings Published

The International Golf Federation has published the Olympic Golf Rankings. Over the past two years athletes gained points from select events which form the rankings. For athletes ranked in the top 15 a maximum of four athletes can represent one nation. However, for athletes ranked outside of the top 15 the maximum for one nation becomes two. In total sixty athletes will take part in each event. The ranking period lasted from July 14th 2014 to July 10th 2016.

While golf makes its return to the Olympics since 1904 it has been a bit of a bumpy ride for the men’s event. There have been multiple withdrawals, including the four highest ranked athletes in the rankings. Many of these golfers cited fear towards the Zika virus as the reason for their withdrawal. Overall only the United States will send the maximum of four athletes while other nations will send one or two athletes.

The women however have had much fewer withdrawals with everyone eligible in the top 15 so far committing to the games. South Korea will be the only nation sending four athletes while the United States will send three.

In total 40 nations will compete in golf’s return to the Olympics. Athletes and nations have one week to formally confirm their participation to the games so there may be a few more withdrawals before the games begin.


Quotas by Nations

  • United States – 7
  • South Korea – 6
  • Australia – 4
  • Canada – 4
  • China – 4
  • Chinese Taipei – 4
  • Denmark – 4
  • Finland – 4
  • France – 4
  • Germany – 4
  • Great Britain – 4
  • Italy – 4
  • Japan – 4
  • Malaysia – 4
  • New Zealand – 4
  • South Africa – 4
  • Spain – 4
  • Sweden – 4
  • Thailand – 4
  • Belgium – 3
  • India – 3
  • Ireland – 3
  • Netherlands – 3
  • Norway – 3
  • Argentina – 2
  • Austria – 2
  • Brazil – 2
  • Colombia – 2
  • Mexico – 2
  • Paraguay – 2
  • Philippines – 2
  • Switzerland – 2
  • Bangladesh – 1
  • Chile – 1
  • Czech Republic – 1
  • Hong Kong – 1
  • Israel – 1
  • Portugal – 1
  • Russia – 1
  • Venezuela – 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.

Taekwondo: 10 Nations Qualify After Asian Qualifers

Kazakhstan led all nations by qualifying three at the end of the 2016 Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament. The top two athletes from each event qualified their nation to the Olympics. As a reminder a nation can only attempt to qualify a maximum of two athletes per gender at this stage provided they haven’t qualified any previously. The Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Pasay, Philippines from April 16th to April 17th 2016.

The first day had four events. The women’s -49kg was won by Chinese Taipei’s Huang Huai-Hsuan whom defeated Kazakhstan’s Ainur Yesbergenova 3-1. In the women’s +67kg 2014 Asian Games gold medalist Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia qualified to the Olympics after defeating Tajikistan’s Mokhru Khalimoca while Philippines’ Kirstie Alora created an upset over Iran’s Akram Khodabandeh. Seavmey defeated Alora 5-0 in the finals. In the men’s -80kg it was 2015 World Championship -74kg silver medalist Nikita Rafalovich whom won the event over Chinese Taipei’s Liu Wei-Ting in a narrow 1-0 match. The men’s +80kg was won by China’s Qiao Sen whom defeated Kazakhstan’s Ruslan Zhaparov 2-0.

On the second day of events women’s -57kg 2015 World Championship bronze medalist Kimia Alizadeh of Iran booked her spot to the Olympics as she went on to win the entire event over Thailand’s Phannapa Harnsujin 3-2. In the women’s -67kg Kazakhstan’s Cansel Deniz defeated Uzbekistan’s Nigora Tursunkulova 4-1 in the final as both athletes qualified their nations. The men’s -58kg had a withdrawal in the final where Thailand’s Tawin Hanprab withdrew due to injury. He still qualifies his nation to the Olympics along with China’s Zhao Shuai. The men’s -68kg was dominated by Jordan’s Ahmad Abu-Ghaush whom won by double digits in three out of his four matches including the final where he defeated Mongolia’s Purevjavyn Temuujin 14-2.

This was the final opportunity for athletes to qualify in the sport of taekwondo. All that is remaining is for the tripartite commission to decide the final four spots. The tripartite commission invites athletes of nations which are expected to field small teams to participate in certain sports.


Quotas by Nations

  • Kazakhstan – 3
  • China – 2
  • Chinese Taipei -2
  • Thailand – 2
  • Uzbekistan – 2
  • Cambodia – 1
  • Iran – 1
  • Jordan – 1
  • Mongolia – 1
  • Philippines – 1



Table Tennis: Asian Athletes Book Their Spots After Asian Qualification Tournament

13 nations qualified athletes at the end of the 2016 Asian Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament. In total 11 quotas for each gender were available for single players. In the first stage players were divided into their five regions (West Asia, Middle Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia) where a single elimination tournament was played with the winner qualifying to the Olympics. The second stage combined all of the unqualified athletes into four brackets where a single elimination tournament was played. The winner of the four brackets qualified to the Olympics while the runner-up played the runner-up of another bracket. The two winners also qualified to the Olympics. The Asian Table Tennis Olympic Qualification Tournament was held in Hong Kong, China from April 13th to April 17th 2016.

Qatar’s Ping Li was the top athlete from West Asia where he defeated Saudi Arabia’s Abdulaziz Al-Abbad in the final 4-0. The women’s quota went to Lebanon’s Mariana Sahakian whom defeated her compatriot Malak Khory in the final 4-2.

Middle Asia was won by Iran in both genders. Despite being down 1-3 against Uzbekistan’s Olga Kim Iran’s Neda Shahsavari won the next three sets to win the match in a 4-3 upset. On the men’s side the final came down to two brothers from Iran with Nima Alamian defeating his brother Noshad 4-2.

South Asia only had a single nation competing in both tournaments, India. All that was left to decide was which athlete would book its spot to the Olympics. Due to each tournament only containing four players a round robin was played instead of a single elimination tournament. The women’s tournament was won by top seed Manika Batra though she did suffer a shock 4-2 loss to Pooja Sahasrabudhe along the way. There was an upset in the men’s tournament as top seed Sharath Achanta lost two matches. The winner of the tournament was second seed Soumyajit Ghosh.

The Southeast Asia tournaments were dominated by regional powerhouse Singapore. In fact between the two tournaments seven out of the eight semi-finalists were from Singapore. The winner of the men’s tournament was Chen Feng whom defeated his compatriot Li Hu 4-2 in the final. On the women’s side Singapore’s Feng Tianwei defeated her compatriot Yu Mengyu 4-0 in the final.

Considered to be the strongest region it was China whom won the two East Asia tournaments. The winner of the men’s tournament was Ma Long whom defeated his compatriot Fan Zhendong 4-1. The women’s tournament was won by Li Xiaoxia whom defeated Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa in a 4-0 sweep.

While the second stage was to include the top two (or one should a nation already qualify one) athletes who haven’t qualified from each nation many athletes withdrew from the competition due to mathematically being already qualified to the Olympics through the World Rankings. This allowed several lower qualified athletes to secure their spot to the Olympics.

On the men’s side Draw A was won by Kazakhstan’s Kirill Gerassimenko whom caused an upset against Hong Kong’s Jiang Tianyi, winning 4-0. Draw B had India’s Sharath Achanta completing a comeback against Iran’s Noshad Alamiyan going from 1-3 to winning 4-3. Draw C was won by Chinese Taipei’s Chen Chien-An whom defeated Thailand’s Padasak Tanviriyavechakul 4-2. Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit won Draw D by defeating Uzbekistan’s Zokhid Kenjaev 4-1. For the final two quotas the losing finalists went up against each other with Alamiyan defeating Jiang 4-1 and Kenjaev defeating Tanviriyavechakul in a close 4-3 match.

For the women’s side it was North Korea and Thailand which won two of the four draws each. North Korea’s Ri Myong Sun defeated India’s Mouma Das 4-0 while her compatriot, Kim Song I defeated Indonesia’s Lilis Indriani 4-0. Thailand’s Suthasini Sawettabut defeated Uzbekistan’s Rimma Gufranova 4-0 while her compatriot, Nanthana Komwong defeated Philippines’ Ian Lariba in a close 4-3 match. For the final two quotas the losing finalists went up against each other with Das defeating Gufranova 4-1 and Lariba defeating Indriani 4-0.

Athletes from Asia will have one more opportunity to qualify to the Olympics with the publication of the World Rankings in the coming weeks. Since so many top athletes withdrew from the second stage many of them will be booking their spot through that pathway.


Quotas by Nations

  • India – 4
  • Iran – 3
  • China – 2
  • North Korea – 2
  • Singapore – 2
  • Thailand – 2
  • Chinese Taipei – 1
  • Hong Kong – 1
  • Kazakhstan – 1
  • Lebanon – 1
  • Philippines – 1
  • Qatar – 1
  • Uzbekistan – 1



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