Olympic Video games: UCI broadcasts breakthrough gender parity for Paris 2024

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The UCI has introduced that for the primary time within the historical past of the Olympic Video games, gender parity will exist throughout all biking occasions at Paris 2024.

The governing physique confirmed Monday the quantity and divide of qualification locations for the following Olympic Video games, with a complete of 90 males and 90 girls eligible to compete within the highway races.

These will comprise 88 locations for males and for ladies. There may even be, underneath the standard host nation profit, an additional two locations for males and two locations for ladies for the host nation France.

A smaller variety of 35 riders of every gender will compete within the time trial occasions.

The gender divide was markedly completely different at Tokyo 2020. 130 males versus simply 67 girls competed within the highway races, virtually 50 p.c much less girls than males.

The cut up between women and men for the time trial was additionally skewed, 41 to 26.

The highway occasions had been the supply of the inequality, with parity current throughout the six completely different observe disciplines of keirin, omnium, particular person dash, staff pursuit, staff dash and Madison, in addition to the MTB occasions and the BMX races.

Certainly yet one more lady raced within the omnium than within the males, with 20 males lining out versus 21 females.

The parity within the latter occasions shall be preserved for 2024. 95 of every gender will compete within the observe occasions, 34 of every within the MTB cross nation races and 24 of every in BMX.

Nonetheless there may be nonetheless a marked skew within the Paralympic occasions; there are a complete of 140 qualification locations for males, and simply 80 for ladies.

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How opponents will qualify:

Along with the gender parity particulars, Monday’s announcement by the UCI gave extra element on how precisely locations shall be supplied.

Highway occasions:

Out of the overall of 180 qualification locations, a complete of 160 (80 per gender) shall be allotted on the premise of the UCI highway world rating by nation. The ultimate UCI rankings shall be revealed in October 2023, and shall be drawn from outcomes recorded in UCI elite and U23 occasions on the UCI Worldwide Calendar in the course of the 52 weeks previous that time.

There shall be an extra eight locations every for women and men from nations who didn’t qualify through this method; as an alternative these locations shall be decided by their outcomes on the 2023 highway world and continental championships. The UCI notes that this route excludes Europe and Oceania.

An extra 4 locations will go to France as host nation of the Video games.

Every Nationwide Olympic Committee (NOC) is entitled to a most of eight locations, 4 for males and 4 for ladies.

As for the time trials, there may be an allocation of 35 per gender. Solely these Nationwide Olympic Committees who certified for locations within the highway race are eligible to be allotted locations, and solely two per NOC and per gender.

Observe occasions:

There are 95 locations for males and 95 per girls throughout the six disciples (keirin, omnium, particular person dash, staff pursuit, staff dash and Madison). Every NOC can have a most of 14 locations, seven for males and 7 for ladies.

Locations shall be allotted based mostly on the UCI Olympic observe rating 2022-2024, which shall be established for every occasion based on factors acquired at:

  • The final two editions of the respective continental championships
  • The 2 greatest outcomes of the UCI observe nations cup in every of the 2023 and 2024 seasons
  • The 2023 UCI (elite) observe world championships.

MTB and BMX:

The 72 MTB cross nation locations will comprise 34 every for women and men, two extra locations per gender for the host nation, and an extra two locations per gender for what the UCI phrases universality locations. These are outlined as “quotas that promote the event of sport and supply equal alternatives to rising international locations.”

BMX Racing may even allocate two locations per gender to the host nation, and two per gender as universality locations. There are an extra 22 locations for males and 22 for ladies, totaling a complete quota of 48.

The UCI states that the BMX freestyle qualification paperwork shall be revealed shortly on the UCI web site. A hyperlink to the qualification paperwork for MTB racing returned an error, with these qualification paperwork presumably additionally to comply with.

Paracycling occasions:

The full of 220 locations (140 for males, 80 for ladies) shall be allotted on the next foundation. 47 locations for males and 28 for ladies shall be allotted initially based on the 2022 UCI paracycling nations rankings, with an extra 88 locations for males and 47 for ladies based on the 2024 UCI paralympic rating combining UCI highway and observe competitions between 1st January 2023 and 30 June 2024.

This rating will embrace the 2023 paracycling highway worlds, 2023 and 2024 paracycling observe worlds, and the 2023 and 2024 UCI paracycling highway world cup.

As well as, 5 eligible male athletes and 5 eligible feminine athletes will obtain an invite from the Bipartite Fee.

Publication dates of ultimate UCI rankings of the completely different Olympic and Paralympic disciplines:

Highway biking**: October 2023
Observe***: 15 April 2024
Mountain bike: 28 Could 2024
BMX Racing: 4 June 2024
Paracycling highway and observe: 1st July 2024

**The precise date shall be communicated on the UCI web site following the publication of the 2023 UCI highway worldwide calendar.
***On the finish of every occasion, the UCI will publish the outcomes on the UCI web site and replace the corresponding UCI Olympic observe rating.

The UCI has acknowledged that the affirmation date for the BMX freestyle quotas shall be introduced shortly.