With the opening ceremony set to begin Saturday evening, about 4700 of the best athletes in South America have arrived in Paraguay to compete at the 2022 South American Games. The games are going to be held in the capital city of Asuncion from October 1st to October 15th 2022.
The athletes represent 15 nations, with Curacao set to compete for the first time. The constituent country, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands previously competed as part of the Netherlands Antilles prior to its dissolution. Also competing are Argentina, Aruba, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Overall, 412 events are scheduled to take place across 36 sports. This includes 28/32 sports set to be held at the 2024 Olympics (missing breaking, modern pentathlon, sport climbing and surfing) along with bocce, bodybuilding, bowling, chess, karate, padel, squash and water skiing.
Not only will athletes strive to win gold for their nation, but the South American Games are also qualifiers in 18 sports and will provide direct quotas to compete at the 2023 Pan American Games. The table below gives a breakdown of those qualifiers.
Quotas to Pan Am Games
Artistic Swimming – Top two eligible teams (plus Chile) will qualify a team and duet and top two eligible duets will compete in the duet.
Diving – 10-12 athletes in men’s events and 10-12 athletes in women’s events
Open Water – Top seven (plus Chile) eligible athletes per gender
Water Polo – Two highest ranked eligible teams plus Chile
Gold medalists in the men’s and women’s individual recurve and compound events
Gold medalists of each individual event will be eligible to compete. Additionally, the gold and silver medalists of the five relay events will qualify.
The three best men’s and women’s nations with the best combined score by their two athletes.
Gold and silver medalists in each event.
Track – The highest ranked eligible nation from each event.
Mountain – The highest ranked eligible nation from each event.
Dressage – Two highest ranked teams, three highest ranked individuals without a team.
Jumping – Three highest ranked teams, four highest ranked individuals without a team.
Two highest ranked eligible teams
Two highest ranked eligible teams
Two highest ranked eligible athletes in each individual event.
Speed skating – Highest ranked eligible athlete in each gender after combining the results of the sprint or distance events will qualify their nation (2 men and 2 women).
Two highest ranked eligible teams.
Highest ranked eligible athlete will qualify their nation.
Gold medalists from the team events
Highest ranked eligible men’s and women’s teams
Gold and silver medalists in each individual event.
Gold medalist in the mixed relay
Gold medalists in each wakeboard event.
As the Pan American Games will be a qualifying event to the 2024 Olympics, the South American Games can be considered the first step for Olympic qualification for the region. Of the 18 sports offering direct quotas to the Pan American Games, 9 sports; (aquatics (artistic swimming, diving, water polo), archery, boxing, equestrian, field hockey, handball, shooting, table tennis and tennis) will offer direct quotas to the Olympics while in athletics and cycling, athletes will be able to earn world ranking points.
The first medals are set to be awarded on Sunday where 38 events across 8 sports will be decided.
The FEI Nations Cup 2022 has shown some of the best jumpers from each area battle against each other, but now they will fight on the global stage in the final at Barcelona, Spain.
With the added initiative of a spot at the Olympics for the winning team (alongside three individual places), there will be much at stake for those competing at the Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (Barcelona Royal Polo Club), a multi-sport club which among other things boasts the 2004 European champions in men's hockey and also hosted this event at the 1992 Olympics.
The final would be made up of seven teams from "Europe Division 1", two from North and Central America, South America, the Middle East, and Asia/Africa, with one from Africa and Eurasia, plus hosts Spain. There were six European qualifiers, with nine countries entering: the top seven would earn points. These countries were Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. Each entered four of the six qualifiers. France lead with 370 points after an impressive win in Hickstead, while the Netherlands were second on 350 with a win on home soil in Rotterdam. In third were the Germans on 330 points after they won in Sopot, while Ireland were in fourth on 310 after a win in the final event in Dublin. Switzerland were close on 305, winning the first event in St Gallen, while a win in Falsterbo gave Belgium sixth with 285 points. Great Britain won the final spot on 265 points, ahead of Norway and Sweden who were on 215 each. The qualifier for the Middle East would be in Abu Dhabi, with the UAE the highest-performing eligible team in second, qualifying alongside Saudi Arabia in fifth and beating out Jordan in sixth, Syria withdrew. However, neither the UAE, Saudi Arabia nor substitutes Jordan accepted the invitation to compete at the final, so Norway and Sweden took their place. In the North/Central American qualifier, the USA's elimination in Coapexpan cost them: Mexico topped the table with 190 points ahead of Canada on 160, the US missed out on sixty.
For South America, the qualifier was the 2022 World Championship. Brazil, in ninth place, were the highest performing South American team, while Argentina in 21st beat out Colombia in 22nd for the final spot. For Africa, it would be the highest ranked country in the July world rankings: 34th placed Nayel Nassar of Egypt earned them a place, but they rejected it. The substitutes South Africa (Oliver Lazarus was in joint 218th) and Morocco (with Abdelkabir Ouaddar in joint 626th) also rejected a place, meaning that the total teams dropped to seventeen. For the Asia/Australasia region, the same ranking would be used, with Australia's Rowan Willis in 64th and Japan's Mike Kawai in 205th earning a place. However, both rejected it, as did subs New Zealand (with Sharn Wordley in join 345th) and Chinese Taipei (with Jasmine Shao-Man Chen and Isheau Wong both in joint 2295th), meaning that the total dropped further to fifteen. Finally, the Eurasian qualifier took place with Uzbekistan on 270 points beating Kyrgyzstan on 240 and Kazakhstan on 210, but the Uzbeks also rejected their place. With Spain also taking part, fourteen teams would make the final.
France have already qualified for the Games as hosts, while Sweden, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany all qualified at the World Championships. As Spain did not qualify outright but only as hosts, they are also ineligible to get a place. Thus, seven teams are eligible: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Switzerland. Belgium, in seventh, were the highest-performing of these teams at the World Championships in Herning and three of the four team members from that championships return. Switzerland, Brazil, and Canada took the next three places, with Mexico eighteenth, Norway nineteenth, and Argentina 21st.
The event takes place from 29 September to 1 October, with the top eight in the first competition making the final. The top team eligible will make the Olympics in Paris.
The United States' Derrick Scott Mein and France's Carole Cormenier won gold medals as they won spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games during the 2022 ISSF World Championship (Shotgun) in Osijek, Croatia.
With four places up for grabs in both the Men's and Women's Trap competitions, there was plenty of intrigue as to who would pick up an early spot.
In the men's event, the Czech Republic's Jiri Liptak and Sweden's Rickard Levin-Andersson had already qualified and were ineligible. In total there were 157 athletes, meaning 155 were eligible to pick up a place. With 125 targets to shoot in qualifying, the top eight would advance. Leading off was Chinese Taipei's Yang Kun-Pi with 123 hits, while Mein was in second with 122. There was a four-way tie for third as Rashid Hamad SA al-Athba of Qatar, Peru's Alessandro de Souza Ferreira, Great Britain's Nathan Hales and India's Bhowneesh Mendiratta all hit 121 targets. In the first shoot-off, de Souza Ferreira booked his place in third with two hits, while the other three could only manage one, leading to another shoot-off. Here, Mendiratta hit three targets with the other two only hitting two, confirming the Indian in fourth and mandating another shoot-off between al-Athba and Hales. It was the Britain who took it 2-1 to confirm fifth spot. There was an eleven-way tie for seventh as Kuwait's Abdulrahman Al Faihan, Australia's Nathan Steven Argiro, Portugal's Joao Azevedo, France's Clement Borgue, Greece's Ioannis Chatzitsakiroglou, Spain's Alberto Fernandez, Croatian brothers Anton Glasnovic and Josip Glasnovic, Moroccan Driss Haffari, GB's Aaron Heading and New Zealand's Owen Robinson. Borgue took seventh with eight hits in the shoot-off, while Heading took the final spot with seven. Chatzitsakrioglou and Haffari missed out with five, ahead of Robinson on four, Azevedo on three, Anton Glasnovic, Fernandez, and Josip Glasnovic on two, Argiro on one, and Al Faihan on zero.
With the eight decided, it was time for the ranking matches. In the first match, Borgue, de Souza Ferreira, Hales, and Yang met, with one athlete eliminated after fifteen shots and another eliminated after a further ten: the other two would proceed to the medal match. After fourteen shots, Hales had thirteen hits, while Borgue, de Souza Ferreira and Yang all had twelve, but the Peruvian missed his fifteenth shot to get eliminated while both Borgue and Yang continued with a hit. Seven shots later, and Hales still had the advantage, with twenty shots compared to nineteen for Borgue and Yang. Yang missed his next shot to give Borgue the advantage, it was now 20-19 in their battle. But in the next shot both Borgue and Hales missed, meaning Hales had twenty-one hits and Borgue and Yang both had twenty. Remarkably, Hales hit the next shot to top the match with twenty-two, but Borgue and Yang both missed. It would go to a shoot-off, which Yang took 1-0, putting him through to the medal match. In the other ranking match, al-Athba, Heading, Mein, and Mendiratta faced off, with Heading wasting an opportunity by missing his final shot to be eliminated with eleven hits after fifteen. Mein lead with all fifteen with Mendiratta not too far behind on fourteen; al-Athba on twelve had work to do, but hit his next ten perfectly. Mendiratta did the same to top the match with twenty-four, but after hitting his first twenty-two shots perfectly, Mein missed three in a row to mandate a shoot-off with al-Athba, which he did win 5-4.
So Hales, Mein, Mendiratta, and Yang went through to the medal match, where after fifteen shots, an athlete would be eliminated, and then again after twenty-five and thirty-five. It was tense after fifteen, with Hales, Mein, and Yang all on fourteen hits and Mendiratta eliminated on fifteen. Hales and Mein both hit their next ten perfectly but Yang had to settle for bronze as he only hit nine for a final total of twenty-three. That meant that Hales and Mein were twenty-four apiece going into the final ten shots, but Hales blinked first, missing his fifth hit to give Mein a 29-28 lead with five shots to go. Mein hit his next four perfectly, with Hales missing his fourth shot, meaning a golden hit was declared with Mein 33-31 up with just one shot to go. Therefore, the quotas went to the United States, Great Britain, Chinese Taipei, and India.
On the women's side, Great Britain's Lucy Charlotte Hall was ineligible having already qualified. With 81 shooters, that meant eighty had the right to earn a place in Paris. Slovakia's Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova lead qualifying with 122 hits, with a tie for second between Cormenier and China's Wang Xiaojing on 119 points; Wang winning the shoot-off 2-1. There was another tie for fourth between Portugal's Maria Ines Coelho de Barros and Australia's Catherine Skinner both getting 118 hits, and the Australian took the shoot-off 3-2. For sixth, another tie, with Spain's Fatima Galvez and Australia's Laetisha Scanlan both racking up 117 hits, and Galvez took that shoot-off 1-0. There was a three-way tie for the eighth and final spot, with Ray Bassil of Lebanon, Mariya Dmitriyenko of Kazakhstan, and Kathrin Murche of Germany all on 116: Dmitriyenko took it with five hits, ahead of Murche on four and Bassil on one.
Coelho de Barros, Cormenier, Rehak Stefecekova, and Scanlan met in the first ranking match. There was a clear leader after fifteen hits, with Rehak Stefecekova hitting all fifteen, ahead of Cormenier on thirteen, Coelho de Barros on twelve and the eliminated Scanlan on eleven. Rehak Stefecekova finished with a perfect twenty-five, while Cormenier pipped Coelho de Barros 22-20 for the other spot. In the other match, Dmitriyenko, Galvez, Skinner, and Wang met, with some mistakes being shown early on. Galvez led after fifteen shots with thirteen hits, ahead of Wang on twelve. Skinner and Dmitriyenko were both on eleven, with the Kazakh eliminated due to her inferior score in qualification. Skinner then hit her next ten shots perfectly, and with Galvez and Wang missing two each, it was the Chinese shooter eliminated: Skinner and Galvez both had twenty-one over Wang's twenty.
So the medal match was made up of Cormenier, Galvez, Rehak Stefecekova and Skinner. After fifteen shots, Cormenier and Galvez led with fourteen, with Rehak Stefecekova on twelve and Skinner eliminated on ten. Ten shots later, Cormenier led with twenty-three, with Galvez on twenty-one and Rehak Stefecekova on twenty. Cormenier had given Galvez a potential opening after missing her third shot of the final ten, but Galvez missed her ninth shot, re-establishing the two-hit advantage and with one shot to go, a Golden Hit was declared with Cormenier 33-31 up. The quotas therefore went to France, Spain, Slovakia, and Australia. This means that a host quota will now be reallocated to the Olympic Ranking.
Therefore, the non-European countries of Australia, Chinese Taipei, India and the United States get their first quota, while Great Britain add their first male quota to the two spots the women have earned at European Championships. France get their second (and first female) non-host quota, while Spain and Slovakia get a spot each after missing out at European Championships.
The Championships continue with the Skeet competition from 7-9 October. The next chance to see Trap shooters will be at the 2022 CAT Championship for North and South Americans in Lima, Peru, the 2023 European Championship in Leobersdorf, Austria, the 2023 Asia Championship in Changwon, South Korea, or the 2023 World Championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, depending on continent.
Reigning world and Olympic women's basketball champions Team USA showed no sign of slowing down in the 2022 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, having no problem in making the group stage. The winner of the World Cup will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympics. In the group stages, with six teams per group, a win would yield two points with a loss leading to one; the top four teams would qualify for the quarterfinals.
In Group A, the US were joined by Belgium, China, South Korea, Puerto Rico, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first match took place between the Bosnians and Puerto Rico at the State Sports Centre, with Arella Guirantes impressing with twenty-six points, nine rebounds and eight assists as the Puerto Ricans never let go of an early lead to win 82-58. The Americans would open against Belgium and while the Cats held their own, the world champions never looked like losing as Breanna Stewart and Alyssa Thomas starred in an 87-72 victory at the Sydney SuperDome, the first of a double-header before South Korea faced China. The Chinese were out to put out a statement and did so with a 107-44 victory, with Han Xu earning plaudits for her fifteen rebounds and thirteen points. On Day 2, another double header took place, this time at the State Sports Centre, leading with a clash between Puerto Rico and the United States. Shakira Austin hit double figures in both points and rebounds as the Americans won 106-42. Meanwhile, Belgium bounced back with an 84-61 win over South Korea, before attention moved to the SuperDome where China faced Bosnia and Herzegovina, and put out another big performance winning 98-51, Han once again showing great form. But the Chinese would be brought back to earth on day three in the first game of a triple header at the SuperDome, as they lost 77-63 to the US despite an impressive third quarter showing in which they cut the American lead by ten. The introduction of A'ja Wilson proved effective as the Las Vegas Aces power forward netted twenty points. South Korea got their first win of the tournament as they beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 99-66, with Kang Lee-seul netting a huge thirty-seven points. Finally, a back-and-forth game between Puerto Rico and Belgium was edged 68-65 to the Belgians, as an inspired Kyara Linskens performance took them over the line despite more magic from Guirantes.
After a rest day, again all three matches on day four were hosted at the SuperDome, with Belgium starting things off with a professional 85-55 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a game that they controlled throughout the match. The United States set a new record for points scored as they smashed South Korea 145-69, with Wilson and Brionna Jones both being particularly impressive. China got back on track with a 95-60 win over Puerto Rico. This meant that with one day to go, the US, China, and Belgium were through, with a crunch match between Puerto Rico and South Korea ahead of the eliminated Bosnia and Herzegovina. This match would take place at the SuperDome, and Puerto Rico were inspired to a 92-73 victory by Mya Hollingshed's twenty-nine points. At the State Sports Centre, China made light work of Belgium with an 81-55 win; China have been a real handful the whole tournament. Back at the SuperDome, and in the final game of the group the US beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 121-59 in a dead rubber. This meant that the US topped the group with ten points, ahead of China (nine), Belgium (eight), and Puerto Rico (seven), while South Korea (six) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (five) missed out on qualification.
In Group B, hosts Australia were joined by Canada, France, Japan, Serbia, and Mali. The opening game was held at the State Sports Centre as Canada ground out a tough win over Serbia 67-60, with a late fightback from the Serbs not enough. At the SuperDome, Japan made light work of Mali with an 89-56 win, before Gabby Williams netted twenty-three points in France's impressive 70-57 win over Australia. On the second day, with all matches at the SuperDome, Japan couldn't recover from a fifteen-point deficit in the first quarter as they lost 69-64 to Serbia, while Canada seemed to find their rhythm in a 59-45 victory over France. Australia were back on track with an 118-58 win over Mali.
After a rest day, action returned with all matches on day three at the SuperDome. Mali restored some pride but ultimately fell 74-59 to France despite Sika Koné netting eighteen points. Australia's resurgence continued with a 69-54 victory over Serbia, before Bridget Carleton inspired Canada to a 70-56 win over Japan with nineteen points. On the fourth day, the first two games were at the Sports Centre; Saša Čađo netted twenty points to take Serbia over the line against Mali, 81-68, in a match that was overshadowed when, during Čađo's interview, Mali players were seen fighting amongst themselves just a few metres away. Williams was on song again when France beat Japan 67-53 in a big win for qualification in the later match at the Sports Centre, while in the game of the tournament so far Australia squeaked past Canada 75-72 at the SuperDome. Canada lead through the first quarter 23-14, before Australia reversed them to lead 36-33 at the midway point. But the Canadians were 57-46 ahead at the third quarter and looked to be heading to victory, until the Opals came out all guns blazing in the fourth quarter and while Canada tried for one last fightback, it was too little, too late. On the final day, the final match at the Sports Centre would take place as Canada responded with an 88-65 win over Mali, with Carleton netting twenty-seven points. Serbia's strong start took them over the line, 68-62 at the same venue against France, while Australia continued the momentum with a 71-54 win over Japan at the SuperDome. This means that Australia won the group with nine points, ahead of Canada on head-to-head, while Serbia were third on eight points, also ahead of France on head-to-head. Japan (six points) and Mali (five points) were eliminated.
A draw was held for the quarter finals, with first and second in each group guaranteed to play third and fourth from the other. On the top half of the draw, Belgium face Australia while China take on France, while on the bottom side, Puerto Rico face Canada and the United States take on Serbia. This is a fascinating draw for many reasons: Belgium are highly rated but have not shown their best form while Australia seem to be hitting their side, China seem a very dangerous team and have avoided the US until the final and a potential semifinal against Australia appears mouthwatering, but France cannot be counted out. On the other side, Canada vs the US is a big favourite for the semifinal, and that is a clash that has an edge to it in any sport, and could we see a China-US rematch in the final? Time will tell, with the quarterfinals on 29 September, the semifinals on 30 September, and the final and third place match on 1 October, all games are at the Sydney SuperDome.
Morocco, the host national team of the 2022 IBSA Blind Football African Championship, won the continental title with a 2-0 victory against Mali in the final. The home team never lost a game on the way to the gold match.
Earlier, in the bronze medal match, Egypt got the best of Ivory Coast with a 2-0 victory.
Check the results and standings in the group stage:
Day 1 – Saturday (17/9)
Ivory Coast vs Nigeria (0-1)
Egypt vs Morocco (0-4)
Day 2 – Sunday (18/9)
Ivory Coast vs Egypt (1-0)
Morocco vs Mali (3-0)
Day 3 – Monday (19/9)
Mali vs Ivory Coast (2-0)
Egypt vs Nigeria (1-0)
Day 4 – Wednesday (21/9)
Egypt vs Mali (0-2)
Nigeria vs Morocco (0-4)
Day 5 – Thursday (22/9)
Mali vs Nigeria (3-0)
Morocco vs Ivory Coast (4-0)
Day 6 FINALS – Friday (23/9)
Bonze medal match: Ivory Coast vs Egypt (0-2)
Final match: Morocco vs Mali (2-0)
4.º Ivory Coast
1.º Zouhair Snisla (Morocco): 5 goals
2.º Mamadouf Kone (Mali): 5 goals
3.º Hattab Abderrazak (Morocco): 4 goals
Morocco has therefore won the African Olympic Quota for Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. It has also secured its place for the next World Cup, which is set to take place from August 18 to 27, 2023 in Birmingham, the UK.
The Blind Football Qualification Tracker to Paris 2024 Paralympic Games can be found here.
The latest update to the Paris 2024 qualification schedule has recently taking place with Sport Climbing updating its qualification documents, for both disciplines.
Sport Climbing (Boulder and Lead)
The Boulder and Lead discipline has confirmed the dates of the continental qualifiers. The 2023 Pan American Games were already confirmed, but now the European Qualifier (Laval, FRA, 27-29 Oct 2023) has also been confirmed. Furthermore, the dates (but not the locations), of the Asian (3-7 Nov 2023), Oceanian (23-26 Nov 2023) and African (14-17 Dec 2023) qualifiers have also been confirmed. Each continental event will qualify one man and one woman each, and they join the World Championships in Bern, Switzerland (1-12 Aug 2023) and the Olympic Qualifier Series (dates and locations TBC) as the qualification events for the Games
Sport Climbing (Speed)
Meanwhile, the four continental events, as well as the Pan American Games that will qualify places for the Speed Category have dates confirmed. The European qualifier in Italy (9-10 Sep 2023), as well as the Asian (3-7 Nov 2023), Oceanian (23-26 Nov), and African (14-17 Dec 2023) have had their dates announced. Like the Boulder and Lead event, they will each qualify one man and one woman each and join the Bern Worlds and the OQS as the qualification events for the games.
Every sport, with the exception of Athletics, has its qualification schedules released, but the details of many events remain sketchy with dates and times to be confirmed.
Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi and United States’ Kirra Pinkerton were crowned champions today at the World Surfing Games. The event was held at Huntington Beach, United States from September 16th to September 24th 2022.
2020 Olympic silver medalist Igarashi had a perfect competition where he finished first in all eight rounds on route to winning gold. In the final, he finished ahead of Indonesia’s Rio Waida and Australia’s Jackson Baker whom won silver and bronze.
Pinkerton had a similar experience, never being relegated to the second chance repechage bracket as she finished either first or second in all of her heats. In the final, her score of 13.63 barely edged out France’s Pauline Ado’s score of 13.00. The bronze medal was won by Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons.
The event doubled as the first opportunity for nations to qualify to the 2024 Olympics. The highest ranked nation from the men’s and women’s team points ranking qualified a spot to the games. Up to three surfers contribute to their nation’s ranking based on the placing they achieved with the winner getting 1000 points, second receiving 860 points, third obtaining 730 points and so on.
Buoyed by their individual championship title, the winner of the team points competition was Japan for the men and the United States for the women. The Olympic quota is awarded to the nation and it is up to the respective National Olympic Committee to choose which athlete will compete.
As a reminder, despite the 2022 World Surfing Games occurring first, it is actually lower on the quota hierarchy which could have some implications. Should the nations which won a quota today win a third quota from the team points ranking at the 2024 World Surfing Games, the quota won here will be reallocated to the second-place nation, specifically the United States for the men and Australia for the women.
The next opportunity for surfers to qualify to the Olympics will be at the 2023 World Surfing Games.
Sydney, Australia, will play host to the first Olympic qualification event in Basketball as the 2022 FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup is set to being. Women's Basketball has twelve places at the Olympics, with the host nation, France, being joined by the World Cup winner.
Twelve teams take part in this event, with hosts Australia and Olympic champions the United States qualifying directly. The rest of the teams had to come through a sixteen-team qualification event. The teams taking part were the four semifinalists in the 2021 FIBA Women's AmeriCup in Puerto Rico, with the United States, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Canada clinching a spot, the top six teams at EuroBasket Women 2021 in France and Spain, with Serbia, France, Belgium, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Russia advancing; two teams from the 2021 Women's Afrobasket in Cameroon, these being Nigeria and Mali, and finally the top four from the 2021 FIBA Women's Asia Cup: these were Japan, China, Australia, and South Korea.
The top three per group would qualify, even if they had already qualified for the final event. In Group A in Belgrade, Serbia, the hosts qualified along with Australia and Japan eliminating Brazil, while in Group B in the same city China, Nigeria and France qualified ahead of Mali. In Group C held in Japan, Belarus withdrew due to COVID-19, meaning Canada, Japan, and Bosnia and Herzegovina all qualified, while in Group D hosted in the United States and the Dominican Republic, the United States, Belgium, and Russia qualified ahead of Puerto Rico. However, Russia were then expelled due to the invasion of Ukraine, allowing Puerto Rico back in, while Nigeria then withdrew to be replaced by Mali. Nigeria's basketball federation has been beset by crisis in recent years as different factions vie for control, and the country's President responded by withdrawing Nigerian basketball teams from any international competition for the next two years to revamp the sport in the country: while the national team remains respectable, grassroots and domestic competitions remain dormant.
The twelve teams were split into two groups of six based on seeding. Group A has the seeded United States, Belgium, and China joined by unseeded Puerto Rico, South Korea, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Group B had the seeded Australia, France and Canada joined by unseeded Japan, South Korea, and Nigeria, with Nigeria replaced by Mali after the draw.
The majority of matches will take place at the Sydney Super Dome, home of the 21,000-capacity Sydney Kings, reigning men's basketball champions in Australia. Eight matches, including the opener between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Puerto Rico, Canada's match with Serbia, Puerto Rico's game against the reigning champions the USA, Belgium's clash with South Korea, Serbia's match with Mali, France's battle with Japan, China's match with Belgium, and finally Mali against Canada will take part at the 5,000-seater State Sports Centre, a former home of the Kings.
The top four teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals, where a draw will take place to determine the single elimination bracket, with all games in that stage at the Super Dome. There will also be a third placed match, with the winner joining France at the Olympics.
Paris 2024 sees one of its biggest qualification event to date as the 2022 World Championships (Shotgun) take place in Osijek, Croatia. The event is hosted at Osijek's Pampas Olympic Shooting range, home of successful Croatian club UPS Pampas.
Four places are up for grabs in four events, these are the Men's and Women's Skeet and Trap. For the Skeet, if a man and a woman from the same NOC get a spot (or if a country that already has a spot in one gender gets one in the other gender) this will also confirm a place in the mixed team event. Only one athlete per NOC can get a spot in a particular event at this championships; furthermore, athletes which have already gained a spot cannot qualify. The European Championships were held already. The athletes that are ineligible to gain a quota are Jiri Liptak (Czech Republic) and Rickard Levin-Andersson (Sweden) in the Men's Trap, and Lucy Charlotte Hall (Great Britain) in the Women's Trap; over on the skeet side, Jakub Tomecek (Czech Republic) has already got his place in the men's, while Amber Hill (Great Britain) and Nadine Messerschmidt (Germany) have already gained a place for the women.
Starting on the men's side, with the skeet and American Olympic champion Vincent Hancock, as are fellow medallists Jesper Hansen (Denmark) and Abdullah Alrashidi (Kuwait). In fact, the whole top five in Tokyo are here, with Finland's Eetu Kalloinen and France's Eric Delauney ones to watch. Also present is Great Britain's Ben Llewellin, who came third in the European Championships in Larnaca and will be hoping to recover from that narrow miss. In the 2020 cycle, this was the first event on the calendar: Hancock qualified, as did Norway's Erik Watndal, Italy's Riccardo Filippelli, and France's Emmanuel Petit, all bar Filippelli are present here. Great Britain and Germany can secure a place in the mixed team event with a qualification here, while the Czech Republic's Tomas Nyrdle defends his title.
In the Men's Trap, and Olympic and European champion Liptak will take all the attention but has already qualified a spot. The presence of Olympic runner-up David Kostelecy means that the Czechs can already complete a maximum of two quotas in this event at Paris at this early stage. Defending champion Matthew John Coward-Holley, who won bronze in Tokyo, is hoping to qualify a place for Great Britain, while Mexican youngster Jorge Orozco Diaz, China's Yu Haicheng and Kuwait's Abdulrahman Al Faihan return meaning that all six finallists in Tokyo will be in Osijek. GB's Nathan Hales and Portugal's Armelim Felipe Rodrigues will also hope to make a splash after making the final in Larnaca. In the 2020 cycle, it was Spain's Alberto Fernandez, Al Faihan, Slovakia's Erik Varga and Australia's James Willett who qualified from this event, all four return.
Over to the women's side, and starting with the skeet; the US have not brought with them Olympic champion Amber English, and neither runner-up Diana Bacosi of Italy or Chinese bronze medallist Wei Meng, who were top two in the last event in 2019, return this year. Thailand's Isarapa Imprasertsuk and Messerschmidt, who were fourth and fifth in Tokyo, do return. Also her is Danka Bartekova of Slovakia, who won a bronze medal in Larnaca and will hope to qualify for the Games at this opportunity. In this event in the 2020 cycle, two Americans qualified (which is no longer allowed) in Caitlin Connor and Kimberly Rhode, while Bartekova won a place alongside the ROC's Natalia Vinogradova. Bartekova is the only athlete to return; Vinogradova's absence is alongside the entire Russian team. The Czech Republic and Italy can confirm a place in the mixed event with a qualification.
Finally to the Women's Trap, and Slovakian Olympic champion Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova is joined by American Kayle Browning and San Marino's Alessandra Perilli, who joined her on the podium in Tokyo; Australians Laetisha Scanlan and Penny Smith also return from that final. Another significant name is Fatima Galvez of Spain, who came fourth in Larnaca and will hope to qualify this time. Rehak Stefecekova, China's Wang Xiaojing, Italy's Silvana Stanco and Scanlan were the four to qualify in the 2020 cycle at this event; all but Stanco, who already qualified in Larnaca return.
The trap events take place from 26-28 September, while the skeet events take place from 7-9 October.
Four days of competition have been completed at the 2022 World Surfing Games, marking the halfway point of these championships. The games are currently being held in Huntington Beach, United States.
The event features a double elimination bracket where an athlete is only eliminated if they fail to finish in the top two in their heat twice. Currently, 12 men and 16 women remain in the main bracket while all other surfers have been placed into the repechage bracket.
The World Surf League, the governing body for professional surfers is well represented on the men’s side where 9/12 athletes in the main bracket are part of the permanent roster for the 2022 season. On the women’s side only three permanent roster athletes are competing. Australia’s Sally Fitzgibbons and United States’ Gabriela Bryan remain in the main bracket.
The best performance on the men’s side so far was Griffin Colapinto of the United States who scored a 17.00 in the second repechage round, a statement performance after being eliminated from the main bracket in the second round. Japan’s Kanoa Igarashi, silver medalist at the 2020 Olympics has been the most consistent where he has so far finished first in all four main bracket rounds, including obtaining the second and third highest overall scores so far in the first and fourth rounds respectively.
In the women’s event, the best performance so far came from Australia’s Sophie McCulloch who scored a 16.43 in the second round of the main bracket.
This event offers one man’s and one woman’s quota to the 2024 Olympics. In a bit of twist from the other quotas, the place is awarded to the highest-ranking nation in the team points rankings. The team points are calculated based on the combined results from the three competing athletes. The quota is awarded to the nation and will allow a nation to potentially send three athletes should they qualify two individual quotas at future events.
The World Surfing Games will continue until September 24th.
Team of Germany won the gold medal at the Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro. Along with six other teams they newly crowned champions took the Olympic quota for Paris 2024 in both - team and individual event for their team members.
After the dressage test it was the British team to lead the team classification, but during the cross country London 52 ridden by Laura Collett made a run out at one of the obstacles, which resulted in a massive points loss and brought Collett from the 2nd place individually to just 48th, becoming the weakest part of the British team. That made them fall to the third place, behind Germany and USA, with 7,4 points of advantage over New Zealand. However the jumping test brough 16 penalties to Oliver Townend on Ballaghmor Class, bringing the Brits out of podium. The gold was taken by the German team, USA was second and New Zealand took the bronze, while the Olympic quotas went also to the teams of Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland.
Individually it was Michael Jung to lead the field after cross country, but he made two knockdowns, falling of thepodium. A clear ride gave the silver to his teammate, Julia Krajewski, but she lost to Yasmin Ingham - the sole Brit not entered to the team event. Bronze was taken by Tim Price of New Zealand - finishing the event with the same result as Rosalind Canter from Team GB, but coming closer to the time limit to the finish line of the cross country.
History was made today as Sofia Raffaeli became the first Italian to win gold in the women’s individual all-around at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships. The event also doubled as the first Olympic qualification opportunity for the rhythmic individual all-around event where the top three athletes qualified their nation to the games. The 2022 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships are currently being held in Sofia, Bulgaria from September 14th to September 18th 2022.
The qualification round was topped by Italy’s Sofia Raffaeli whom finished with a total of 98.850. In the qualification round only the three best apparatus scores are counted towards your overall total. Raffaeli was the top performer in the ball and ribbon. The top performer in the hoop and clubs was Bulgaria’s Stiliana Nikolova whom finished just behind Raffaeli with a score of 98.200. The pair had an over 2-point gap ahead of third place Darja Varfolomeev of Germany.
In the final, all four apparatus performances are counted towards your total, meaning there was no room for error. The top three from the qualification round continue to be the best performers. After the first two rotations Varfolomeev held a 1.050 lead over Nikolova and Raffaeli. However, a poor ribbon by Nikolova essentially knocked her out of contention for gold leaving Varfolomeev and Raffaeli to battle for gold in the final rotation. Varfolomeev held a 1.000 lead and had to compete in the ribbon while Raffaeli’s final apparatus was the ball.
Varfolomeev had a 32.450 performance in the ribbon, but Raffaeli was able to counter with a 34.250 on the ball, allowing her to win gold with a total score of 133.250. She finished first in the hoop, ball and ribbon. Varfolomeev finished in the silver medal position by winning the clubs and finishing with a total score of 132.450. Bronze and the final Olympic quota went to Nikolova who finished with a total of 128.800.
Raffaeli had a breakout season in 2022 where she won gold in the individual all-around at 3/5 World Cup events. She also added many apparatus medals to her collection including three golds (hoop, ball & ribbon) and one bronze (clubs) at this World Championships.
The next Olympic opportunity for nations to qualify in this event will be at the 2023 World Championships.