Olympic Qualification Criteria
As Britain is the host nation, information on Host Country Representation is of particular interest. The document reads:
If the host country has not qualified any athletes, it will have at its disposition three places that it will be able to use at its choice in three different events in freestyle or Greco Roman wrestling.
For each place obtained by the host country in the qualification phase, one of these three reserved places will be allocated to the tripartite commission for allocation in accordance with the set principles.
The number of places allocated to the tripartite commission may not be higher than three.
The initial (V1) Selection Policy for the British Wrestling Team at the London 2012 Olympic Games was signed-off between the British Wrestling Performance Management Group and the British Olympic Association and initially published on 19th Feb 2011. This followedBritish Wrestling Board approval.
Following a meeting with British Wrestling on 12th April 2011, British Olympic Association (BOA) announced that Great Britain will have the opportunity to utilise the maximum three Host Nation Qualification Places available to compete in wrestling at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The BOA also stipulate that any sport seeking to utilise a Host Nation Qualification Place must first demonstrate the following:
- The ability to deliver a credible performance during the London 2012 Games
- A long-term strategy to deliver a meaningful legacy as a result of the profile and visibility associated with competing in the Games, with a particular emphasis on increasing opportunities for participation by athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers at the grassroots level.
The necessary criteria that define credible performance required by the BOA were also agreed at themeeting of the Olympic Qualifying Standards Panel of the British Olympic Association (BOA) and British Wrestling.