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05 Feb 2006
Olympic News

EB discusses quotas for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

This afternoon, the Executive Board (EB) reviewed pending requests from a number of International Federations to increase their quotas for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, and made the following decisions.
Requests accepted by the Executive Board:
FIE – Fencing
Request: an increase of 12 athletes, three individual places for each of the four team events.
UIPM – Modern pentathlon
Request: to increase quota by four additional men and four additional women.
WTF – World Taekwondo federation
Request: following the introduction of Oceania as a new region, the WTF requested a quota increase by additional two men and two women in order to balance the attribution of quota places across continents.
Requests where compromises were reached:
ITU – Triathlon
Request: to increase the quota by additional 25 men and 25 women.
The EB accepted to increase the quota by additional 5 men and 5 women.
UCI - Cycling
Request: to increase quotas following the introduction of two BMX events.
The EB agreed to a potential increase of about 20 athletes (depending on the number of double starter athletes). This increase was made possible following the withdrawal of two track events (women’s 500m time trial and men’s 1km time trial).

For reference, the EB is the body responsible for deciding on events and disciplines; the Session remains responsible for the composition of the Olympic programme as far as sports are concerned.

Increase in number of female athletes
These latest decisions will lead to an increase in the number of female athletes in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games by 128. This number will be included within the total number of 10,500 athletes.
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