2. ATHLETE / NOC QUOTA
Athlete quota: 86 men + 86 women = 172 players
Maximum per NOC: The maximum number of players per NOC shall be three entries in each of the five events, provided each entry is qualified3. QUALIFICATION SYSTEM
3.1 QUALIFICATION SYSTEM PRINCIPLES
The BWF ranking list of 1 May 2008 will be used to determine qualification for the following number of places in each event:
Men's singles 38 places
Women's singles 38 places
Men's doubles 32 places (16 pairs)
Women's doubles 32 places (16 pairs)
Mixed doubles 32 places (16 pairs)
TOTAL 172 places3.2 DRAW SIZES
3.2.1 In singles the draw size will be a maximum of 64.
3.2.2 In doubles the draw size will be 16.
3.3 QUALIFICATION SYSTEM IN DETAIL
BWF ranking list, 1 May 2008
3.3.1 The BWF ranking list of 1 May 2008 will be used to allocate qualifying places until a total of 38 places in each singles event and 32 places (16 pairs) in each doubles event are allocated, including the requirements of Regulations 3.3.5 to 3.3.14.
Players/pairs ranked 1 to 4
3.3.2 Players/pairs ranked 1 to 4 in the BWF ranking list for each event will be taken in turn and will qualify unless a total of three players/pairs from any one NOC would thereby be exceeded in that event.
Attribution of qualification
An NOC may have more than three players/pairs ranked 1 to 4 in the BWF ranking list for a particular event. In such a case the NOC has the right to disregard ranking order of those players/pairs when determining its entries, and to select from any of the players/pairs ranked 1 to 4 in filling its three qualification places for the respective event. In the event of the withdrawal of a player/pair entered by that NOC, the NOC will be invited to replace the player/pair by another player/pair ranked 1 to 4.
Players/pairs ranked 5 to 16
3.3.3 Players/pairs ranked 5 to 16 in the BWF ranking list for each event will be taken in turn and will qualify unless a total of two players/pairs from any one NOC would thereby be exceeded in that event.
Attribution of qualification
An NOC may have more than two players/pairs ranked 1 to 16 in the BWF ranking list for a particular event. In such a case the NOC has the right to disregard ranking order when determining its entries and select from any of the players/pairs ranked 1 to 16 in filling its two qualification places for the respective event, provided each
player/pair eventually selected would have qualified under Regulations 3.3.1 to 3.3.3.
Players/pairs ranked 17 and lower
Players/pairs ranked 17 and lower in the BWF ranking list for each event will be taken in turnand will qualify unless a total of one player/pair from any one NOC would thereby beexceeded in that event.
3.3.5 The host NOC (China) shall be entitled to enter exactly two players in
total in the Olympic competition, but more than two players are permitted if all
the players have qualified under Regulations 3.3.1 to 3.3.4.
3.3.6 If Regulation 3.3.5 is not satisfied under Regulations 3.3.1 to 3.3.4,
then the entitlement of two players shall be completed by the qualification of
an additional player or players from the BWF ranking list(s) nominated by the
Badminton Association of the People's Republic of China.
3.3.7 The player(s) qualifying for the host NOC will be the highest-ranked
player(s)/pair in the nominated BWF ranking list(s) of 1 May 2008, or if there
is no Chinese NOC player/pair in the nominated BWF ranking list, the winning
player/pair in that event in the China National Championships most recently
concluded prior to 1 May 2008.
3.3.8 In each event there shall be at least one player/pair from each of the
five BWF Continental Confederations.
3.3.9 If, for a particular Continental Confederation, there is no player/pair
qualified in an event under Regulations 3.3.2 to 3.3.4, the player/pair selected
for the continental representation shall be the appropriate highest-ranked
player/pair in the BWF ranking list of 1 May 2008.
3.3.10 If there is no Continental Confederation player/pair in the BWF
ranking list of 1 May 2008 in a particular event, then the player/pair selected
for continental representation shall be the winner(s) of the respective
Continental Championships most recently concluded prior to 1 May 2008.
Tripartite Commission (IOC–ANOC–BWF) Invitation places
3.3.11 Two places in men's singles and two places in women's singles shall be
used by the IOC Tripartite Commission to allocate Invitation places, in
accordance with the general process of Tripartite Commission Invitations.
3.3.12 NOCs must apply for these invitation places prior to the deadline of
15 November 2007. The Tripartite Commission will by 31 January 2008 establish
which invitation requests meet the identified general criteria of NOC delegation
size and technical standard, and provisionally allocate places to one male and
one female player. The final allocation of invitation places will be done from
3.3.13 To be eligible to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the
players filling invitation places must be ranked in the top 100 in the BWF
ranking list of 1 May 2008. Should these places not be allocated due to the
technical level of the players, they will be added to the places allocated
through the BWF ranking list of 1 May 2008.
3.3.14 A player filling an Invitation place will be regarded as satisfying
the minimum continental representation in that event.
Qualification period and events
3.3.15 The BWF ranking list of 1 May 2008 will be based on results during the
period 1 May 2007 to 30 April 2008
Participation in any of the following will count towards the BWF ranking list
during this period:
-- Thomas Cup (all stages)
-- Uber Cup (all stages)
-- Sudirman Cup
-- World Championships
-- World Grand Prix tournaments
-- World Grand Prix Finals
-- Other Open tournaments (with prize money of US $10,000 or over)
-- International Championships
-- Continental Championships (individual and team)
-- Any other international event publicised by the BWF Council in
advance as being included
-- With prior BWF approval, individual and team events at other major
Note: National championships, friendly international matches, junior events
and invitational events are not included. Full details of BWF-sanctioned events
and their World Ranking gradings are contained in the BWF Calendar of Events,
published on the BWF website www.internationalbadminton.org