88 men and 80 women in run for RioPhoto: ITTF
European Qualification Tournament for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro
The European Table Tennis Union is pleased to announce entries for the European Qualification Tournament for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro 2016 have been received from 37 National Olympic Committees.
88 men and 80 women have been confirmed by their Associations for the tournament in Istanbul from 6th to 10th April.
ETTU President RONALD KRAMER said: 'the changes to the Olympic Qualification system have created a very strong event with the best European players participating'.
The system of play will be as follows:
Preliminary Stage groups
Men - 16 groups of 4 or 5 players, total 72
Women - 16 groups of 4 players, total 64
Stage 1 knock-out
Men - 16 seeds and 48 qualifiers, total 64
Women- 16 seeds and 48 qualifiers, total 64
8 men and 8 women will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Stage 2 knock-out
Men - 56 players
Women - 56 players
2 men and 2 women will qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
The winners of the European Games singles events (men Dimitrij Ovtcharov GER, women Li Jiao NED) in Baku, Azerbaijan, 13th-19th June 2015, are direct qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games