How Team Canada can qualify for Paris 2024: Part 2

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 with the sports in alphabetical order.

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

Equestrian – Dressage

Total Athletes: 60 (men or women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 3 (men or women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a team of three athletes/horses or one individual athlete/horse combination.

FEI Dressage Olympic Qualification System

Team Qualification 2022 FEI Dressage World ChampionshipsAugust 6-14, 2022 in Herning, DenmarkTop 6 NOCs will qualify
2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop 2 NOCs will qualify
Individual Qualification2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop 2 individuals will each qualify 1 spot for their NOC
FEI Olympic Ranking – DressageCounts four best results per athlete/horse from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023Top 2 individuals from the Americas will each qualify 1 spot for their NOC. 
1 individual spot will be qualified based on overall ranking.

Equestrian – Eventing

Total Athletes: 65 (men or women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 3 (men or women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a team of three athletes/horses or two individual athlete/horse combinations.

FEI Eventing Olympic Qualification System

Team Qualification 2022 FEI Eventing World ChampionshipsSeptember 14-18, 2022 in Pratoni del Vivaro, ItalyTop 7 NOCs will qualify
2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop 2 NOCs will qualify
2023 Eventing Nations Cup SeriesDate and location TBCTop ranked NOC in final classification
Individual Qualification FEI Olympic Ranking – EventingCounts four best results per athlete/horse from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023Top 2 individuals from North America will each qualify 1 spot for their NOC.
3 individual spots will be qualified based on overall ranking.

Equestrian – Jumping

Total Athletes: 75 (men or women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 3 (men or women)

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a team of three athletes/horses or one individual athlete/horse combination.

FEI Jumping Olympic Qualification System 

Team Qualification 2022 FEI Jumping World ChampionshipsAugust 6-14, 2022 in Herning, DenmarkTop 5 NOCs will qualify
2022 FEI Jumping Nations Cup FinalSeptember 29-October 2, 2022 in Barcelona, SpainTop ranked NOC will qualify
2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop 3 NOCs will qualify
2023 FEI Jumping Nations Cup FinalDate and location TBDTop ranked NOC will qualify
Individual Qualification 2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop 3 individuals will each qualify 1 spot for their NOC
FEI Olympic Ranking – JumpingCounts 15 best results per athlete/horse from January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023Top ranked individual from the Americas will qualify 1 spot for their NOC.
1 individual spot will be qualified based on overall ranking

Fencing

Total Athletes: 212 (106 men, 106 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 18 (9 men, 9 women)

An NOC can qualify one team of three athletes per gender for each weapon or one individual per gender for each weapon. Team quota spots are allocated to the NOC. Individual quota spots are allocated to the athletes by name if no team was qualified.

FIE Fencing Olympic Qualification System

Team Qualification FIE Official Senior Team Ranking ListCounts team results from World Cups, World Championships and Continental Championships from April 3, 2023 to April 1, 2024Top 4 NOCs per weapon and gender
Top ranked NOC per weapon and gender from the Americas zone (if ranked 5-16)
Individual Qualification FIE Individual Senior Adjusted Official Ranking List by ZoneCounts individual results from April 3, 2023 to April 1, 2024Top ranked athlete per weapon and gender from the Americas
Americas Zone Qualifying EventApril 15-30, 2024, location TBDTop ranked athlete per weapon and gender

Field Hockey

Total Teams: 12 men (192 athletes), 12 women (192 athletes)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 32 (16 men, 16 women)

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

FIH Field Hockey Olympic Qualification System

2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, ChileTop ranked NOC per gender 
2024 FIH Olympic Qualification TournamentsDate and locations TBDTop 3 NOCs in each of two tournaments per gender

Golf

Total Athletes: 120 (60 men, 60 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 8 (4 men, 4 women)

Quota spots are allocated to the athletes by name. All qualifications will be based on the Olympic Golf Rankings (OGR). An NOC can qualify four athletes of a gender if all four are ranked in the top 15, otherwise, there is a maximum of two athletes per gender per NOC. 

IGF Golf Olympic Qualification System

The OGR for men will close on June 17, 2024 while the OGR for women will close on June 24, 2024. Ranking points for each player accumulate over a two-year period. Each of the five continents is guaranteed at least one athlete in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Gymnastics – Artistic

Total Athletes: 192 (96 men, 96 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 10 (5 men, 5 women)

An NOC can only earn five quota spots per gender if it qualifies for the respective team event. If no team is qualified, there is a maximum of three individual athletes per NOC per gender.

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC for all team qualifications. For individual quota spots, whether they go to the NOC or the athlete by name depends on the criteria through which the spots are qualified.

FIG Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification System

Team Qualification Criteria 1: 2022 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsOctober 29-November 6, 2022 in Liverpool, EnglandTop 3 NOCs in men’s and women’s Team Finals
Criteria 2: 2023 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsOctober 2023 in Antwerp, BelgiumTop 9 NOCs not yet qualified in men’s and women’s Team Qualification Results
Individual Qualification Criteria 3: 2023 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsOctober 2023 in Antwerp, BelgiumTop 3 NOCs in Team Qualification Results who did not qualify teams via Criteria 1 or 2 earn one individual spot
Criteria 4: 2023 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsOctober 2023 in Antwerp, BelgiumTop 8 men and top 14 women in All-Around Qualification Results whose NOCs did not earn team spots get a spot by name, maximum one per NOC
 Criteria 5: 2023 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsOctober 2023 in Antwerp, BelgiumTop ranked eligible athlete on each of the six men’s apparatuses and four women’s apparatuses
Criteria 6: 2024 FIG Apparatus World Cup SeriesJanuary-March 2024Top 2 eligible athletes on each apparatus on the Olympic Qualification World Cup Ranking List
Criteria 7: 2024 Pan American ChampionshipsDate and location TBDTop ranked eligible athlete in men’s and women’s all-around competition

Gymnastics – Rhythmic

Total Athletes: 94 women
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 7 women

An NOC can qualify one group of five athletes as well as two individual competitors. All group quota spots are allocated to the NOC. Individual quota spots earned at the 2022 and/or 2023 World Championships are allocated to the NOC, while individual quota spots earned elsewhere are allocated to the athletes by name.

FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification System

Individual Qualification2022 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsSeptember 14-18, 2022 in Sofia, BulgariaTop 3 athletes from the Individual All-Around Final
2023 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsAugust 23-27 2023 in Valencia, Spain Top 14 athletes from Individual All-Around Qualifications
2024 Pan American ChampionshipsDate and location TBDTop ranked athlete in the Individual All-Around
Group Qualification2022 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsSeptember 14-18, 2022 in Sofia, BulgariaTop 3 NOCs from the Group All-Around Qualifications
2023 FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World ChampionshipsAugust 23-27 2023 in Valencia, Spain Top 5 NOCs from the Group All-Around Qualifications not already qualified
2024 Pan American ChampionshipsDate and location TBDTop ranked NOC from the Group All-Around Qualifications not already qualified

Gymnastics — Trampoline 

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

Quota spots are allocated to the NOC. A maximum of three NOCs can qualify two quota spots per gender. All other NOCs can qualify a maximum of one spot per gender.  

FIG Trampoline Olympic Qualification System

2023 FIG Trampoline World ChampionshipsNovember 9-12, 2023 in Birmingham, EnglandTop 8 men and top 8 women in the Individual Finals will qualify one spot for their NOC, maximum one spot per NOC per gender
2023 and 2024 FIG Trampoline World Cup SeriesFebruary 2023-April 2024A minimum of 2 athletes and a maximum of 12 athletes per gender will qualify their NOC based on the Olympic Qualification Ranking List that counts best 3 of 5 results 
2024 Pan American ChampionshipsDate and location TBDOnly designated as a qualification event if the continent has not already qualified a quota spot

Judo

Total Athletes: 372 (186 men, 186 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 14 (7 men, 7 women)

IJF Judo Olympic Qualification System

All qualifications will be based on the IJF World Ranking List during the Olympic qualification period of June 24, 2022 to June 23, 2024. 

An NOC can qualify a maximum of one athlete per event/weight category. Quota spots are allocated to the athletes by name. However, if an NOC has more than one athlete ranked in the top 17 of a weight category the NOC can decide which athlete receives the quota spot for that event.

An NOC is eligible to enter the mixed team event if it qualifies individual athletes able to compete in the six included combined weight categories.

In each individual weight category, the top 17 athletes on the IJF World Ranking List will qualify directly. For continental representation, 10 men and 11 women from Pan America will also qualify. A maximum of one athlete per NOC across both genders and all weight categories can qualify via continental representation.

Modern Pentathlon

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

Quota spots are allocated to the athletes by name.

UIPM Modern Pentathlon Olympic Qualification System

2023 UIPM World Cup FinalDate and location TBDTop ranked athlete per gender
2023 Pan American GamesOctober 20-November 5, 2023 in Santiago, Chile5 spots to be allocated per gender (maximum one per NOC per gender): Gold medallist + Top 2 from NORCECA + Top 2 from South America
2023 UIPM World ChampionshipsDate TBD in Bath, EnglandTop 3 athletes per gender
2024 UIPM World ChampionshipsDate and location TBDTop 3 athletes per gender
UIPM Olympic Pentathlon World Ranking ListCloses June 17, 2024Top 6 athletes per gender not already qualified

Rowing

Total Athletes: 502 (251 men, 251 women)
Maximum Athletes per NOC: 48 (24 men, 24 women)

Quota places are allocated to the NOC. An NOC can qualify a maximum of one boat per event. For quota spots earned at the 2023 World Rowing Championships, the NOC may enter different athletes in those boats at Paris 2024 than who qualified the boats. For quota spots earned at the Continental Qualification regattas and the Final Qualification regatta, the athletes who qualified a boat must compete in that same boat at Paris 2024 if they compete at the Olympic Games.

World Rowing Olympic Qualification System

2023 World Rowing ChampionshipsSeptember 3-10, 2023 in Belgrade, SerbiaMen’s and Women’s Single Sculls9 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s Pair and Double Sculls11 boats per gender per event
Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls, Quadruple Sculls, and Four7 boats per gender per event
Men’s and Women’s Eight5 boats per gender
Americas Continental Qualification RegattaDate and location TBDMen’s and Women’s Single Sculls5 boats per gender
Men’s and Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls2 boats per gender
Final Olympic
Qualification Regatta
May 19-21, 2024 in Lucerne, SwitzerlandAll events2 boats per gender

Rugby

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

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

World Rugby Olympic Qualification System

2022-23 World Rugby Sevens SeriesNovember 2022-May 2023Top 4 NOCs in the final season standings per gender
2023 Rugby Americas North
Olympic Qualification Tournament
Date and location TBDTop ranked NOC per gender
Final Olympic Repechage TournamentDate and location TBDTop ranked NOC per gender