July 2024

How are Olympic athletes selected for the 2024 Games?

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Athletics at the 2024 Summer Olympics

Qualification details for the athletics events at the 2024 Summer Olympics

see: Do Non-Olympic Medals Count Or Are "We Talking About Practice"?


More than 1,800 athletes will compete in forty-eight medal events, including twenty-five track events, five road events, sixteen field events, and two combined events

Qualification Period

Qualification window ranges from November 2022 to June 2024 for different events, with specific dates for marathon, 10,000 meters, and relays

Entry Standards

Dual pathway system wherein half the quota is based on entry standards set by World Athletics council, and the other half relies on world ranking list during the qualifying period

Olympic athletes are selected for the 2024 Games through a combination of qualification processes and discretionary selection. Here are the key steps involved:

  1. Qualification Process:
    • Minimum Qualifying Scores (MQS): Many sports require athletes to achieve a minimum qualifying score (MQS) at sanctioned events. For example, in archery, athletes must achieve a score of 640 for men and 610 for women in the 72-arrow, 70m round.
    • Qualification Events: Athletes compete in qualification events, such as trials, competitions, and camps, to earn quota places and secure their spots on the Olympic team.
    • International Federation (IF) Standards: Each sport has its own set of IF standards, which athletes must meet to participate in the Olympics.
  2. Discretionary Selection:
    • Olympic Trials: In some sports, athletes compete in Olympic Trials to secure their spots on the team. For example, the U.S. Olympic team for gymnastics will be decided through discretionary selection.
    • Discretionary Criteria: In cases where athletes are tied in performance, discretionary criteria such as international performance, past achievements, and other non-performance related qualities are considered to select the final team members.
  3. National Olympic Committee (NOC) Selection:
    • NOC Selection Criteria: Each NOC establishes its own selection criteria, which may include factors such as performance, attitude, and behavior. For example, the Singapore NOC considers not only athletic performance but also the athlete's ability to serve as an example to young athletes and their general conduct.
  4. Appeals Process:
    • Appeals Committee: In cases where athletes or teams are not selected, they can appeal to the NOC Appeals Committee, providing new information that was not previously considered.

By combining these steps, the Olympic selection process ensures that the best athletes are chosen to represent their countries at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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