Rio 2016 Olympic Games Qualification Systems Published by FEI

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The Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification systems for dressage, eventing and jumping have been published by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) with more dressage places, 60, than ever before and designed to provide opportunities for more “flags” but tougher for teams from the Americas to participate.

The official dressage system–available by clicking Dressage – Rio 2016 – Qualification System–did not contain any changes from details reported previously of the total number of combinations 60, up from 50 previously. Brazil, as the host nation, automatically qualifies a team depending on riders attaining the 64 per cent minimum elegibility score.

Teams will be a minimum of three combinations and a maximum of four with three scores counting.

Direct qualifying of 10 teams is by the following procedures:

* Three best ranked teams at 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France in August;

* Three best ranked teams at the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, Germany from Olympic Groups A (Northwestern Europe), B (Southwestern Europe) and/or C (Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia [except Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan]), excluding teams qualified at WEG;

* One best ranked team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada from Olympic Groups D (North America) or E (Central and South America);

* If Olympic Groups F (Africa and Middle East) and/or G (Southeast Asia and Oceania) have not qualified a team at WEG, the best ranked team from Olympic Group F or G at WEG is directly qualified but if Olympic Groups F and/or G do qualify a team at WEG this team quota place will be added to the WEG total so that the four best ranked teams from the 2014 WEG are directly qualified, and

* The best ranked team from an FEI special qualification event from Olympic Groups F, G or C countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan excluding teams already qualified.

Nations that have not directly qualified teams can qualify up to four individuals. A single nation qualifying three or four individuals can form a “composite” team.

Individual qualifications for 14 combinations will be by points attained at events from Mar. 9, 2015 to Mar. 6, 2016, the list to be published by Jan. 1, 2015. The procedures:

* Olympic Athletes Ranking–Dressage will be limited to the best four results per athlete/horse combinations;

* Six quota places to Olympic Groups A (Northwestern Europe), B (Southwestern Europe) and/or C (Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia). Nations placing first and second in each of the Groups A, B and C on the Ranking by group will each obtain one individual quota place;

* Four quota places for Olympic Groups D (North America) and E (Central and South America). Nations placing first in each Group D and E on the Ranking – Dressage by group will each obtain one individual place, nations of the highest ranked athletes in each of the Groups D and E in the Grand Prix at the 2015 Pan American Games will each obtain one individual quota place;

* Four quota places for Olympic Groups F (Africa and Middle East) and/or G (Southeast Asia and Oceania) with one nation from each group by Ranking and the highest ranked athletes in each of the Groups at the Grand Prix at the FEI approved special qualification event, and

* Six quota places for the best ranked athletes from nations on the Rankings not including:
-athletes from nations which have qualified a team;
-athletes that qualified an individual for their FEI Olympic Group at the 2015 Pan-American Games
Individual Championships or the special qualification event, and
-athletes that qualified an individual quota place for their Olympic Group through the Rankings.

Unused quotas:

If members of a qualified team do not reach the minimum eligibility requirements or is declined by a nation, the place will be reallocated as individual quota places to:
1. The nation may compete with a maximum of two athletes in the individual competition, and
2. Any remaining unused place(s) will go to the nation of the next best ranked athlete on the Rankings.

If a nation sends three athletes instead of the maximum four entitled, the unused athlete quota place will be reallocated to the nation of the next best ranked athlete from the Rankings.

If an allocated individual quota place is not confirmed by the deadline or is declined, the quota place will be reallocated as follows:
–If a place was obtained through Individual Championships or FEI special qualification event, it will be reallocated to the nation of the next best ranked athlete in the respective event. If no nations with athletes ranked in the events are able to use theplace, it will be reallocated to the next best ranked athlete on the Rankings.
–If the place was obtained through the Rankings it will be reallocated to the nation of the next best ranked athlete from that group. Only if none of the nations with athletes ranked in the respective group are able to use the place, it will be reallocated to the next best ranked athlete on the Ranking.
–If the place was obtained through the Ranking it will be reallocated to the next best ranked athlete on the ranking.

If the Host Country (Brazi) is unable to field a team, the team place will be reallocated to the highest ranked team on the Team Ranking