How Team Canada can qualify for Paris 2024: Part 1

Before any athlete can compete at the Olympic Games, they need to qualify.

For Paris 2024, the qualification period begins more than two years before the Opening Ceremony is set to take place on the Seine.

In some sports, quota spots are allocated directly to the athletes who earn them. In other sports, the quota spots go to the National Olympic Committee (NOC), which means there is a separate selection process within the country — such as national trials — to fill those spots.

Some sports have direct qualification events while others have qualification based on a cumulative world ranking list or may use a combination of both pathways.

Paris 2024 Sports and Events

Read on for a sport-by-sport breakdown of Team Canada’s qualification pathway to Paris 2024. Only events in which Canadian athletes are eligible to compete are included.  

It’s not always simple, so to see the international qualification systems in full for each sport, click on the provided links. As Team Canada selection policies become available, these will also be included.  

As there are a lot of summer Olympic sports, we’ve broken this list into parts.

Part 1 (A-D) | Part 2 (E-R) | Part 3 (S-W)  

Archery

Total Athletes: 128 (64 men, 64 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 6 (3 men, 3 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can enter three athletes per gender if it qualifies for the respective team event. Otherwise, the NOC maximum for individual events is one athlete per gender. NOCs that qualify at least one man and one woman are eligible to compete in the mixed team event.

World Archery Olympic Qualification System

Men’s and Women’s Team Qualification2023 World Archery ChampionshipsJuly 28-August 6, 2023 in Berlin, GermanyTop 3 NOCs in men’s and women’s team events
Americas Continental Qualification TournamentDate and location TBDTop NOC in the men’s and women’s team events
Final World Team Qualification TournamentDate and location TBDTop 3 NOCs in the men’s and women’s team events
World Archery Team World Ranking ListClose date TBDTop 2 NOCs per gender not yet qualified
Mixed Team Qualification2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop NOC in the mixed team event will qualify one man and one woman
Individual Qualification 2023 World Archery ChampionshipsJuly 28-August 6, 2023 in Berlin, GermanyTop 3 athletes from NOCs not qualified through team competition, maximum one quota spot per NOC per gender
2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop 2 athletes per gender from different NOCs each earn one quota spot
Americas Continental Qualification TournamentDate and location TBDTop 2 athletes per gender from different NOCs each earn one quota spot
Final World Individual Qualification TournamentDate and location TBDTop 2 athletes per gender from different NOCs each earn one quota spot

Artistic Swimming

Total Athletes: 96 women
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 8 women 

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify one team and one duet. The members of the duet would also have to be part of the team of eight athletes. 

FINA Artistic Swimming Olympic Qualification System 

2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, Chile Top ranked NOC in Team event will earn quota spots in Team and Duet events

Top ranked NOC in Duet event not qualified in Team event will earn quota spot in Duet 
2024 FINA World Championships February 2-18, 2024 in Doha, QatarTop 5 NOCs in Team event not yet qualified will earn quota spots in Team and Duet events

Results of Duet event will be used to fill out the field of 18 entries, exact number pending quotas remaining to be allocated 

Athletics

Qualification system still to be released

Badminton

Total Athletes: 172 (86 men, 86 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 16 (8 men, 8 women)

Quota spots are allocated to athletes by name. All qualifications will be based on the BWF Race to Paris Ranking Lists which take into account results from May 1, 2023 to April 28, 2024. 

BWF Badminton Olympic Qualification System

In the men’s and women’s singles events, if an NOC has multiple athletes ranked 1-16, that NOC can have two entries for the respective event. In the men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles events, if an NOC has multiple teams ranked 1-8, that NOC can have two entries for the respective event. Otherwise, the maximum is one entry per event.

There will be 38 athletes qualified in each of the men’s and women’s singles events and 16 pairs qualified for each of the men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles events.

Each singles event must include at least two athletes representing the Americas. Each doubles event must include at least one pair representing the Americas. 

Basketball

Total Teams: 12 men (144 athletes), 12 women (144 athletes)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 24 (12 men, 12 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify one team per gender.

FIBA Basketball Olympic Qualification System

Men’s Qualification 2023 FIBA Basketball World CupAugust 25-September 10, 2023 in the Philippines, Japan, and IndonesiaTop 2 NOCs from the Americas
2024 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (FOQT)*Dates and locations TBD 
*Must qualify for via FIBA World Cup or FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in August 2023
Top NOC from each of the four FOQTs
Women’s Qualification2022 FIBA Women’s Basketball World CupSeptember 22-October 1, 2022 in AustraliaChampion NOC
2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournaments (FWOQT)^ February 2024, locations TBD 
^Must qualify for via FIBA Olympic Pre-Qualifying Tournaments in November 2023
10 NOCs from across four FWOQTs 

3×3 Basketball

Total Teams: 8 men (32 athletes), 8 women (32 athletes)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 8 (4 men, 4 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify one team per gender.

FIBA 3×3 Basketball Olympic Qualification System

3×3 Federation Ranking ListsClose November 1, 2023
(count results dating back 12 months)
3 NOCs per gender
2024 FIBA Universality-driven Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2Date and location TBD1 NOC per gender
2024 FIBA Olympic Qualifying TournamentDate and location TBD3 NOCs per gender

Boxing

Total Athletes: 248 (124 men, 124 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 13 (7 men, 6 women)

Quota spots are allocated to athletes by name. An NOC can qualify a maximum of one athlete per event.

There are 13 men’s IBA weight classes being combined to form seven Olympic weight classes. There are 10 women’s IBA weight classes being combined to form six Olympic weight classes.

Though a qualification system was released, the IOC Executive Board announced on June 24, 2022 that qualification events as well as the Olympic boxing competition would not be run under the authority of the International Boxing Association due to continued concerns about the IBA’s governance and refereeing and judging systems. 

Breaking

Total Athletes: 32 (16 men, 16 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 4 (2 men, 2 women)

Quota spots are allocated to athletes by name.

WDSF Breaking Olympic Qualification System

2023 WDSF World ChampionshipsSeptember 22-24, 2023 in Leuven, BelgiumTop ranked athlete of each gender
Americas Continental QualifierDate and location TBDTop ranked athlete of each gender
Olympic Qualifier SeriesMarch-June 20247 men and 7 women will qualify

Canoe/Kayak Slalom

Total Athletes: 82 (41 men, 41 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 6 (3 men, 3 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a maximum of one athlete in each of the men’s and women’s canoe and kayak slalom events (C-1 and K-1). An NOC can enter up to two athletes in the men’s and women’s extreme kayak (X-1) events.

ICF Canoe/Kayak Slalom Olympic Qualification System

2023 ICF Canoe Slalom World ChampionshipsSeptember 19-24, 2023
in Lee Valley, England
Top 15 NOCs in each of men’s and women’s K-1
Top 12 NOCs in each of men’s and women’s C-1
Americas Continental Qualification CompetitionDate and location TBDTop NOC in each of men’s and women’s K-1 and C-1
Extreme Kayak Global Qualification CompetitionDate and location TBDTop 3 NOCs in each of men’s and women’s X-1

Canoe/Kayak Sprint

Total Athletes: 236 (117 men, 117 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 18 (9 men, 9 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a maximum of one boat per event but can then enter up to two boats per event at Paris 2024. 

ICF Canoe/Kayak Sprint Olympic Qualification System

2023 ICF Canoe Sprint
World Championships
August 23-27, 2023
in Duisburg, Germany
Men’s K-1 1000m,
Women’s K-1 500m
7 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s K-2 500m6 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s K-4 500m10 boats per gender
Men’s C-1 1000m,
Women’s C-1 200m
6 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s C-2 500m8 boats per gender
Americas Continental
Qualification Competition
Date and location TBDMen’s K-1 1000m,
Women’s K-1 500m
2 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s K-2 500m1 boat per gender
Men’s C-1 1000m,
Women’s C-1 200m
2 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s C-2 500m1 boat per gender

Cycling – BMX Freestyle

Qualification system still to be released

Cycling – BMX Racing

Total Athletes: 48 (24 men, 24 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 6 (3 men, 3 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC.

UCI BMX Racing Olympic Qualification System

UCI BMX Racing Olympic Qualification RankingCounts results from August 1, 2022 to June 2, 2024For each gender:
NOCs ranked 1-2 will each qualify 3 athletes,
NOCs ranked 3-5 will each qualify 2 athletes,
NOCs ranked 6-10 will each qualify 1 athlete.
2023 Americas Continental ChampionshipsDate and location TBD1 spot available per gender for NOCs not qualified via Olympic Qualification Ranking
2023 UCI Cycling World ChampionshipsAugust 3-13, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland1 spot available per gender for NOCs not yet qualified
2024 UCI BMX Racing World  ChampionshipsMay 2024 in Rock Hill, South Carolina1 spot available per gender for NOCs not yet qualified

Cycling – Mountain Bike

Total Athletes: 72 (36 men, 36 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 4 (2 men, 2 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC.

UCI Mountain Bike Olympic Qualification System

UCI Mountain Bike Olympic Qualification RankingCounts results from May 7, 2022 to May 26, 2024For each gender:
NOCs ranked 1-8 will each qualify 2 athletes,
NOCs ranked 9-19 will each qualify 1 athlete.
2023 Americas Continental ChampionshipsDate and location TBDTop ranked NOC per gender not qualified via Olympic Qualification Ranking
2023 UCI Cycling World ChampionshipsAugust 3-13, 2023 in Glasgow, ScotlandTop 2 NOCs per gender in Elite and top 2 NOCs per gender in U23 not already qualified each earn one quota spot

Cycling – Road

Total Athletes: 180 (90 men, 90 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 8 (4 men, 4 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can enter a maximum of four athletes in each road race and a maximum of two athletes in each individual time trial. Only NOCs that earn quota spots for the road race can be allocated spots for the respective individual time trial.

UCI Road Cycling Olympic Qualification System

Men’s and Women’s Road RaceUCI Road World Ranking by NationsCounts results from October 2022 to October 2023 (specific dates TBD)For each gender:
NOCs ranked 1-5 will each qualify 4 athletes
NOCs ranked 6-10 will qualify 3 athletes,
NOCs ranked 11-20 will qualify 2 athletes,
NOCs ranked 21-45 will qualify 1 athlete.
A total of 80 spots per gender will be allocated.
2023 UCI Cycling World Championships – Elite Road RaceAugust 3-13, 2023 in Glasgow, ScotlandTop 2 NOCs per gender not qualified via world ranking will each qualify 1 spot
2023 Pan American Road Cycling Championships – Elite Road RaceDate and location TBDTop 2 NOCs per gender not qualified via world ranking or the world championships will each qualify 1 spot.
Men’s and Women’s Individual Time TrialUCI Road World Ranking by NationsCounts results from October 2022 to October 2023 (specific dates TBD)Top 25 NOCs per gender will each qualify 1 spot
 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships – Elite Individual Time TrialAugust 3-13, 2023 in Glasgow, ScotlandTop 10 NOCs per gender will each qualify 1 spot

Cycling – Track

Total Athletes: 190 (95 men, 95 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 16 (8 men, 8 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can enter a maximum of two athletes in each sprint and keirin event, one athlete in each omnium event, and one team in each team pursuit, team sprint, and Madison event.

UCI Track Cycling Olympic Qualification System

The UCI Olympic Track Ranking 2022-2024 will be used to allocate all quota spots. It takes into account results from July 9, 2022 to April 14, 2024.

Team SprintTop 8 NOCs of each gender qualify a team of 3 athletes
Sprint + KeirinTop 7 NOCs in each event that did not qualify for team sprint will earn 1 spot in that event.
NOCs that earn a sprint spot can enter an athlete in the keirin and vice versa.
NOCs qualified for the team sprint can enter up to two athletes in the sprint and keirin.
Team PursuitTop 10 NOCs of each gender qualify a team of 4 athletes
MadisonTop 5 NOCs of each gender that did not qualify for team pursuit will each qualify a team of 2 athletes.
NOCs qualified for the team pursuit can enter a team in the Madison.
OmniumTop 7 NOCs of each gender that did not qualify for the Madison will earn 1 spot.
NOCs qualified for the Madison can enter 1 athlete in the omnium.

Diving

Total Athletes: 136 (68 men, 68 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 16 (8 men, 8 women) 

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a maximum of one team in each of the four synchronized events and a maximum of two athletes in each of the individual events. An individual athlete can only earn one quota spot per event for their NOC. 

FINA Diving Olympic Qualification System 

Individual Events Qualification 2023 FINA World Championships July 14-30, 2023 in Fukuoka, Japan Top 12 athletes in each event earn one spot for their NOC 
2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileChampion athlete in each event will earn one spot for their NOC 
2024 FINA World Championships February 2-18, 2024 in Doha, Qatar Top 12 athletes in each event earn one spot for their NOC 

Additional spots may be awarded to NOCs with athletes ranked 13th and below if the overall quota for an event and the sport is not filled 
Synchronized Events Qualification 2023 FINA World ChampionshipsJuly 14-30, 2023 in Fukuoka, Japan Top 3 teams in each event earn one spot for their NOC 
2024 FINA World ChampionshipsFebruary 2-18, 2024 in Doha, QatarTop 4 teams in each event not yet qualified earn one spot for their NOC