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Friday, August 08, 2008

Wild Cards?

This article on the official Beijing Olympics site announces the wild card lottery winners for the one swimming event -- the 50-metre freestyle -- designated for the wildcard draw. I haven't had much luck in my attempts to find out more about this wild card lottery. The article says that it exists to help developing countries send athletes to the Games. There is apparently a Tripartite Commission that handles invitations under the wild card system, but I have yet to find a single Web page that explains what the Commission does. All I've found is references to the Commission in pages about various sports or national Olympic committees. The wild card system also seems to be limited to countries with very small delegations; several countries have discovered this when they tried to send their athletes to the Games under a wild card.

As I said, I'd like to know more about how this system works -- from what I can gather, it's about the only avenue left for, shall we say, noncompetitive competitors.

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  • At 10:33 PM, August 08, 2008 , Blogger Jay said...

    It isn't a list of wildcard competitors, but this is a list of the sports and the number of places each sport may offer (forgive the ungodly URL):

    Running a Google search on "Olympic Tripartite Commission" seems to bring up pages from various sports federations listing those sports' wildcard entrants. I think you're having a hard time because it seems like there isn't one commission - there is an ad hoc commission for each sport, whose three parts are the IOC, the ANOC (Association of National Olympic Committees), and the governing body of the sport in question.

  • At 10:44 PM, August 08, 2008 , Blogger Jay said...

    Did a little more poking around, and the official term is "Tripartite Commission invitation places." The Google search for that term brings up pretty much all the Olympic sport feds, and the links detail how each sport divvies up the spots.

  • At 10:59 PM, August 08, 2008 , Blogger mcwetboy said...

    This is really very helpful, Jay. Thank you.


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