The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has released the qualification guide for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. This guide includes the qualification criteria and processes for all sports, including the three IBSA sports on the Paralympic programme: Football 5-a-side, Goalball and Judo.
Here is a summary of the main qualification criteria for the three sports:
- an eight-team competition for men only. In addition to the host country, the current IBSA world Champions and Paralympic gold medallists, one team shall qualify from the IBSA World blind Football Championships 2014 in Japan.
At IBSA reginal championships next year, one team will qualify from the Americas, two apiece from Europe and Asia, and one from Africa.
- ten male and ten female teams shall qualify. Both the men's and women's teams from hosts Brazil qualify automatically, while other nations have three different qualification methods. The top three men's and women's teams from the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships will automatically qualify for Rio. Secondly the top team from each IBSA Goalball region will also qualify, and the four regions are the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia/Pacific.
This means that there will be at least one team from each region in the women's and men's competition in Rio. The final method is through the IBSA ranking tournament to be held as part of the IBSA World Games in Seoul, South Korea, in May 2015.
Teams must qualify for both the world championships and the ranking tournament.
- 84 male judokas and 48 women shalll qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, with gold medals up for grabs in thirteen weight categories (seven male and six females). Brazil as host country automatically qualifies one athlete in each weight category.
The top-ranked athlete in each weight category at the IBSA World Judo Championships 2014 wins a slot for their respective NPC (slots are allocated to the country, not to the individual athlete), while the remaining slots (9 men and 5 women) shall be allocated through the 2015 world ranking list.
to view or download the full guide.
to visit the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games web site.