Rio 2016 last Wild Cards go to Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Nepal
The Tripartite Commission has offered athletes from the Central African Republic, Haiti, Honduras and Nepal invitation places for the taekwondo competition at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
The female athletes chosen are Aniya Louissaint from Haiti (female -67kg category) and Nisha Rawal from Nepal (female +67kg). The male athletes chosen are Miguel Adrian Ferrera Rodriguez from Honduras (male -80kg category) and David Boui from the Central African Republic (male -68kg).
Fifty three National Olympic Committees had presented the IOC with 78 candidates for the four invitation places, also known as “wild cards.” After reviewing their competition records, the Tripartite Commission made its final decision based on a range of criteria including the technical levels of the athletes, their economic background, the size of their countries’ delegations at previous Olympics and the principle of universality.
The four are the last taekwondo athletes to quality for the Games. Previously, 124 slots had been filled via Olympic ranking points, continental qualification tournaments and four host country places for Brazil. This means a total of 128 athletes from 63 will be competing in four male and four female weight categories in Rio.
“I am delighted to see such a wide spread of nations represented on the taekwondo competition mats at the 2016 Olympic Games,” said World Taekwondo Federation President Chungwon Choue. “Our sport has broken every barrier of gender, race, class and creed, and I am confident that our athletes will rock Rio with a ‘festival of fight’ this summer.”