Cycling: UCI Confirms BMX Race Quotas for 2020 Olympics

With the final World Cup race concluded, the UCI has published the BMX Olympic Qualification Rankings and through this we can now determine the 24 men and 24 women who will compete in the BMX race events. Athletes can earn points for their nation at approved events held between September 2018 and May 2021.

There are three different methods, the first priority is the rankings themselves. The men’s rankings were topped by France with 5765 points while the women’s ranking was topped by the Netherlands who earned 6150 points. The top two nations earned three athlete quotas so along with France, the Netherlands will send three men and on the women’s side the United States will send three women. Nations ranked 3-5 will send two athletes therefore on the men’s side the United States, Switzerland and Colombia will compete with two while for the women it will be France, Russia and Australia.

Initially, nations ranked 6-11 will qualify one athlete, but due to the continental participation rule, the 11th place nation was replaced by the highest ranked African nation. This means Australia, Great Britain, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and South Africa qualified in the men’s race and Colombia, Brazil, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland and Canada qualified in the women’s race. No African nation had met the minimum requirements to be given a quota in the women’s race.

The next method of qualification is based on the individual rankings on March 3rd 2020. The three highest ranked athletes from a nation not yet qualified earn a quota place for their nation. The rankings of Norway’s Tore Navrestad, Canada’s James Palmer and Russia’s Evgeny Kleshchenko earned their nation a quota to compete in the men’s race. In the women’s race it was Great Britain’s Bethany Shriever, Ecuador’s Domenica Azuero and Germany’s Nadja Pries.

Originally the third and final method to qualify in BMX race was through the 2020 World Championships. However, as the event was not held nor rescheduled, the two quotas were reallocated to the next highest ranked nations not yet qualified. This means Italy and Latvia will qualify in the men’s race and Japan and Latvia will compete in the women’s race.

Japan will retain its host quota in the men’s race while on the women’s side as they have qualified above the quota will be reallocated to the next highest ranked nation, Belgium.

This concludes the qualification process for BMX racing, the only thing remaining is for nation to accept their quotas.

Qualified Nations

Men’s BMX Race
* Argentina
* Australia
* Brazil
* Canada
* Colombia
* Colombia
* Ecuador
* France
* France
* France
* Great Britain
* Italy
* Japan
* Latvia
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Norway
* Russia
* South Africa
* Switzerland
* Switzerland
* United States
* United States

Women’s BMX Race
* Australia
* Australia
* Belgium
* Brazil
* Canada
* Colombia
* Denmark
* Ecuador
* France
* France
* Germany
* Great Britain
* Japan
* Latvia
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* Netherlands
* New Zealand
* Russia
* Russia
* Switzerland
* United States
* United States
* United States

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