National governing body announces selection criteria for next year’s Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games, IAAF World Indoor Champs, European Champs, European Youth Champs and IAAF World Junior Champs

British Athletics performance director Neil Black reinforced that the national governing body’s focus is “firmly on medals” at next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio as the major event selection policies for 2016 were released.

Selection criteria documents for the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games (plus FAQs), 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2016 European Athletics Championships, 2016 European Athletics Youth Championships and the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships are now available at britishathletics.org.uk.

The qualification standards for the Olympics in Rio had already been announced by British Athletics and can be found here.

In order to be considered for selection for the Rio Olympics, the selection policy states that athletes must compete at the trials (the British Athletics Championships on June 24-26) in the event in which they wish to be nominated (with the exception of the marathon, 10,000m, race walks or combined events, while an injury exception and performance director’s discretion will also apply) and have achieved at least one qualification standard or have received an IAAF World Ranking Invitation.

A maximum of two male and two female combined eventers who finish in the top 16 at the 2016 Gotzis Hypomeeting will be automatically nominated for the Rio decathlon or heptathlon, provided the athlete has achieved at least one qualification standard.

When it comes to doubling up at the European Championships, taking place in Amsterdam from July 6-10, and the Rio Olympics from August 5-21, the European Championships selection policy states in part: “In the track and road events, British Athletics does not believe that competing in individual events at the European Championships is appropriate preparation for the Rio Olympic Games. As such, on 26 June (immediately following completion of the British Championships), athletes who have gained automatic nomination to Team GB for the Olympic Games in a track or road event OR any other athlete who declines selection for the European Championships will be withdrawn from the team for Amsterdam and replaced by a reserve athlete.

“Exceptions to this rule for track/road athletes will only be made by the Performance Director (in consultation with the relevant event group Head) and only where an athlete can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the PD, that participation in the European Championships will benefit their preparation for the Olympic Games.”

Black commented: “2016 is going to be a very exciting time for British Athletics.

“The teams sent to all the events will be the most competitive we can select, ultimately building towards the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games – where our focus is firmly on medals.”

Click here to access the 2016 major event selection criteria documents.