Two-time World Champ Keita of Mali, received 'Wild Card'
|?? Daba Modibo Keita placed third at the African Olympic Qualification Tournament, held in Egypt.|
Mali, Cambodia, Panama and Yemen have received one invitational Olympic taekwondo ticket, better known as “wild card,” each for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The decision was made on April 14, 2012 after months of Tripartite Commission meetings among the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), and the WTF.
With the wild-card allocation, the taekwondo competition of the London Olympic Games will feature 128 athletes from a total of 63 countries. It compares with 64 countries at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 60 countries at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 51 at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Among the wild-card recipients are Mali’s Daba Modibo Keita, ranked 42nd in the men’s +80kg and third placer at the African Olympic Qualification Tournament. Mali’s Keita was the world champion in 2007 and 2009; Cambodia’s Davin Sorn, ranked 51st in the women’s +67kg on the WTF Olympic World Ranking and the fourth placer at the Asian Qualification Tournament for the London Olympic Games.
The other two wild-card holders are Panama’s Carolena Jean Carstens Salceda, ranked 13th in the women’s -49kg and fourth finisher at the Pan American Olympic Qualification Tournament; and Yemen’s Tameem Al-Kubati, ranked 167th in the men’s -58kg and a round-of-16 placer at the Asian Olympic Qualification Tournament.