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Olympic Games - 12 Mar 2016

160 players in quest for 10 places to Rio

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2016 ITTF-European Olympic Singles Qualification Tournament

 

There are 160 names at the entries list for the 2016 ITTF-European Olympic Qualification Tournament to be held from 6th to 10th April in Istanbul. From Europe, so far only Germany's Dimitrij OVTCHAROV and LI Jiao of the Netherlands secured places in the respective Men's Singles and Women's Singles events at the forthcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as a winners of the European Games in Baku in June 2015. After Olympic Qualification Tournament a further ten players will have gained places in each of the Men's Singles and Women's Singles events.

 

In Men's Singles event will play 84, whilst in Women's there are 76 names listed; 37 nations in both Men's and Women's Events are represented.

 

Following the conclusion on the Qualification Tournaments in each of the six continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America, Oceania – further places will be decided by the ITTF Olympic Singles Ranking list issued in early May 2016. The 22 highest named eligible players (a maximum of two per National Olympic Committee) will gain qualification; however this number may be increased if the host country place is reallocated or the Team Quota places of, likewise 22 players, are not fully used.

 

The seeding list of the upcoming EOSQ will be done with the latest available WR list (April 2016). With that list the TOP 16 seeded players will be announced.

 

For the Women´s event the following playing system will apply at the preliminary stage:

 

Days 1 and 2: Preliminary Stage

number of participants 65-79 players

3-4 players in 16 groups A-P are playing in round robin. There will be 16 seeded players. The 16 seeded players will not play in the groups, but are direct qualified for Stage 1.

The remaining players will be drawn into the 16 groups A-P 4 by 4

to positions 1-3 or 1-4 according to the snake system.

Players from same NOC will be drawn into different groups.

The top 3 players in each of the 16 groups A-P will qualify for Stage 1 together with the 16 seeded players, a total of 64 players.

 

For the Men´s event the following playing system will apply at the preliminary stage:

 

Days 1 and 2: Preliminary Stage

number of participants 80-112 players

4-5 players in 16 groups A-P are playing in round robin. There will be 16 seeded players. The 16 seeded players will not play in the groups, but are direct qualified for Stage 1.

The remaining players will be drawn into the 16 groups A-P 4 by 4 to positions 1-4, 1-5 or 1-6 according to the snake system.

Players from same NOC will be drawn into different groups.

The top 3 players in each of the 16 groups A-P will qualify for Stage 1 together with the 16 seeded players, a total of 64 players.

 

For both events (Women´s and Men´s event) the following playing system of stage 1 & 2 will apply:

 

Day 3: Stage 1 (65-112 players)

8 players in each of 8 groups a-h in positions 1-8 are playing in direct K.O. system.

The 8 players seeded No 1-8, go respectively to position 1 in groups a-h.

The 8 players seeded 9-16 are drawn in position 8 in groups a-h. The 16 winners of groups A-P are drawn in to positions 4 and 5 in groups a-h.

The 16 runners-up of groups A-P are drawn to position 3 and 6 in groups a-h.

The 16 players finishing in third position in groups A-P are drawn to positions 2 and 7 in groups a-h.

Players from same NOC will be drawn into different groups.

Players who met in the Preliminary stage will not play each other in Stage 1.

The winners of each of the 8 groups are qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games if –including 2015 European Games qualifiers- there are no more than 2 players qualifying from the same NOC. Otherwise, a mechanism has been established to determine 2 qualifiers, the third player being a reserve). This is explained through the "Annex 1".

 

Days 4 and 5: Stage 2

The remaining 56 players from Stage 1 (the 8 group winners are already qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games) will continue in Stage 2 in two direct K.O. draws of 32 players with 4 byes each. To make it easier to understand, both 32 places draws are numbered consecutively. Thus, draw RED has places 1-32 and draw BLUE has places 33-64.

The 8 losing finalists in the 8 groups in Stage 1 will be drawn to positions 1, 16, 17, 32, 33, 48, 49 and 64.

The 16 losing semi-finalists in the 8 groups in Stage 1 will be drawn in to positions 5, 8, 9, 12, 21, 24, 25, 28, 37, 40, 41, 44, 53, 56, 57 and 60.

The 32 losing quarter-finalists in the 8 groups in Stage 1 will be drawn to positions 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 35, 36, 38, 39, 42, 43, 45, 46, 51, 52, 54, 55, 58, 59, 61 and 62.

 

Players from the same NOC will be separated as far as possible. Players who met in Stage 1 or in Stage 2 will be separated as far as possible.

The winners of draw RED and draw BLUE are qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games if –including 2015 European Games qualifiers- there are no more than 2 players qualifying from the same NOC. Otherwise, a mechanism has been established to determine 2 qualifiers, the third player being a reserve). This is explained through the "Annex 1".

Substitutions: any changes/substitutions are accepted until Tuesday 29th March 2016.

Draw of the Preliminary stage: Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 14:00 local time

At the links below you can find the Entry lists of the EOSQ event held from 6 - 10 April 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Men´s Entry list:

http://www.ittf.com/ittf_tournaments/ittf_entries_web.asp?Gender=M&Tour_ID=2631&

Women´s Entry list:

http://www.ittf.com/ittf_tournaments/ittf_entries_web.asp?Gender=W&Tour_ID=2631&

You can also find the entry lists and further information on the link below on the ETTU Event page of this tournament:

http://www.ettu.org/en/events/european-olympic-singles-qualification/regulations---documents/

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