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List of Events

On the program of the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, Beijing 2008
  • • doubles Men
  • • doubles Women
  • • singles Men
  • • singles Women
  • • doubles Mixed

Athlete Quota:

86 men
86 women
Total of 172 players

Allocation
  • PRINCIPLE
  • TIMELINE
  • UNUSED
  • EVENT
  • SPECIAL
1. EVENTS
Men Women Mixed
Singles Singles Doubles
Doubles Doubles  
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 qualified
3. 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 places
3.2 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. Host NOC
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.
Continental representation
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 April-July 2008.
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 multi-sport Games
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.

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