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ARCHERY

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND ARCHERY SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: born between 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of one male and one female per NOC
Archers can qualify at the 2009 Youth World Archery Championships or the Continental Qualification Tournament that FITA will identify in each continent, the top NOC in in Africa will qualify
Archers must obtain a minimimum MQS:
Men — FITA Round 1200 (jnr) or 1220 (cadet)
70m Round 600 (jnr) or 610 (Cadet)
Women — Fita Round 60 (jnr) or 1200 (cadet)
70m Round 590 (jnr) or 600 (cadet)

A  minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

BADMINTON

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND BADMINTON SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born between 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of two males and two females per NOC and only if both men and/or women are among the top seven of the World Junior Championships, 2010
The highest ranked men or women (one per NOC) shall qualify through the Continental Championships 2010. African can qualify for two places.
The remaining seven places will qualify under the IF system and will be selected through the World Junior Championship 2010 ranking list

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

CANOEING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND CANOEING SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994
Maximum of one male athlete in K1 and C1 and one female athlete in K1, a total of three athletes per NOC
A minimum of one NOC place for K1 female, K1 men and C1 men from AFrica.
Only canoeists who have competed in the Junior World Championships in accordance with the following table qualify:
Event        Placing in order to qualify
Flatwater K1 Men        Eighth
Flatwater C1 Men        Fifth
Flatwater K1 Women        11th
Slalom K1 Men            Third
Slalom C1 Men            Third
Slalom K1 Women        Third

A minimum of 33% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector if qualification is through the world qualification, a minimum of 66% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantages sector if qualification is through the continental qualification.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

CYCLING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND CYCLING SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of one team, consisting of three boys and one girl, the athletes accumulate points, the country with the most points will win, thereford all four athletes have to compete.
The team will qualify either through the final ranking of the 2009 Nations Cup, where they have to be ranked in the top 15, Africa only gets one quota place.
Or the team can qualify through the cumulated ranking by nation of the 2009 Junior Men’s BMX and MTB Olympic Cross-country World Championships. The team must be ranked in the top 11 at these championships.

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

EQUESTRIAN

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICA EQUESTRIAN COUNCIL AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Only one athlete may qualify
A certificate of capability must be obtained before May 2010
Qualification will be through FEI Challenge Category A

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

FENCING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICA FENCING  ASSOCIATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age brackt: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994
Maximum of one fencer per weapon, in total six athletes per NOC
Best ranked fencer of each continent at the cadet World Championships to be held in April 2010 — one place for Africa
The athletes must be placed in the top 16 at the cadet World Championships in their respective events

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

GYMNASTICS

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICA GYMNASTICS FEDERATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

Artistic gymnastics
SASCOC will consider selection of athletes
If they are in the following age bracket: Men: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994; Women: Born 1st January 1995 and 31st December 1995
Maximum of one male and one female athlete
Athletes who have participated at FIG senior competition or multisport games are not eligible for selection
Qualification via Junior Continental Championships in the year of the YOG will be used for qualification; the top two in Africa will qualify.

Rythmic Gymnastics
SASCOC will consider selection of athletes
If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1995 and 31st December 1995
Maximum of five athletes — one individual and one group of four athletes
Athletes who have participated at FIG senior competition or multisport games are not eligible for selection
Qualification via Junior Continental Championships in the year of the YOG will be used for qualification
Two slots for Africa in individual and one slot in Africa for the group of four.

Trampoline
SASCOC will consider selection of athletes
If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994
Maximum of one male and one female athlete
Athletes who have participated at FIG senior competition or multisport games are not eligible for selection
Qualification via Junior Continental Championships in the year of the YOG will be used for qualification, one from Africa

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

HANDBALL

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICA HANDBALL FEDERATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Highest ranked team at each of the five youth continental qualification events organised by the International Federation.

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector. Participation shall be limited to one male team and one female team per NOC.

HOCKEY

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND HOCKEY SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994
Highest ranked team at each of the five youth continental qualification events, which will take place at the African Youth Olympic qualifier.

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector. Participation shall be limited to one male team and one femal team per NOC.

MODERN PENTATHLON

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND MODERN PENTATHLON SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of one male and one female athlete
Qualification through an official Olympic qualification, which is the 2009 Youth Continental Championships (1st placed athlete) and/or 2010 World Youth A Championship (first eight placed athletes that have not yet qualified)

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

ROWING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND ROWING  SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of one male boat and one female boat
Must take part in 2009 World Rowing Junior Championships
For the JM1x top six places, JM2x top three places, JM4x top three places
For the JW1x top six places, JW2x top three places, JW4x top three places
For the JM2- top five places, JM4- top three places, JM8+ top three places
For the JW2- top five places, JM4- top three places, JM8+ top three places

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

SHOOTING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICAN SHOOTING SPORT FEDERATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of two male and two female athletes
MQS score must be attained in ISSF supervised competitions/championships
MQS have been established as follows
Men — air rifle 10m (AR) 60 shots 552,┬á air pistol 10m (AP) 60 shots 540
Women — air rifle 10m (AR) 40 shots 368, air pistol 10m (AP) 40 shots 355

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

TABLE TENNIS

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICAN TABLE TENNIS BOARD AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: born 1st January 1994 and 31st December 1995
Maximum of one male and one female athlete
Qualification through the following events
ITTF Cadet Challenge — Tokyo 2009
Must be placed in the top four in the singles event — maximum of one player and gender
ITTF U/15 World Ranking, must be placed in the top four, eligible players not yet qualified through other criteria on the first ITTF U/15 world ranking published on 31 December 2009. Maximum of one player per NOC and gender
ITTF Junior Circuit Event, the winner or first eligible player not yet qualified through other criteria of each five Junior Circuit events selected by the ITTF Junior Commission
Continental qualifications, athletes can qualify through continental events that will be held between 1 November 2009 and 31 May 2010, the top two in Africa will qualify.

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

TAEKWONDO

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICAN TAEKWONDO BOARD AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994
Maximum of three male and three female athletes
Athlete must be a Kukkiwon Dan or Poom certificate holder
WTF World Junior Taekwondo Championships is held in the same year as the Youth Olympic Games
The top six in each weight category at the YOG Qualification Tournament will qualify

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

TENNIS

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICAN TENNIS ASSOCIATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of two male and two female athletes
Singles: Every player will have to make himself/herself available for selection to represent South Africa in any of the international Team Championships of the Federation for the following years — 2009 and 2010. (month should be way before the Games). Top 12 direct qualifications based on the ITF Junior World combined ranking and professional singles ranking (only players ranked of ATP 450 or better or WTA 150 or better). Sixteen based on the 2010 ITF Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Regional Zones breakdown quota and selected on ITF Junior World combined ranking and professional singles ranking (only players ranked of ATP 1450 or better of WTA 150 or better).
Doubles: The ITF will select doubles teams from players accepted in the singles events. There may be a maximum of one per NOC.

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

TRIATHLON

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND TRIATHLON SOUTH AFRICA AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1992 and 31st December 1993
Maximum of one male and one female athlete
Thee will be one YOG qualifier for each continent between 1 May 2009 and 30 April 2010,   top two in Africa will qualify

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

WEIGHTLIFTING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICA WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 1994
Maximum of two male and two female athletes, one athlete per weight category
Qualification according to position in Team Classification by points in 2009 Youth World Championships
The NOC will qualify according to their classification by points at the 2009 Youth World Championships or at their African Continental Qualification event.
Men’s qualification events: 2009 Youth World Championships, Team placing 1st-ninth (two athletes per NOC), 10th-16th (one athlete per NOC), YOG Continental Qualification Events in 2010, Africa 1-fourth (one athlete per NOC)
Women’s qualification events: Team placing 1-7th (two athletes per NOC), eighth-15th (one athlete per NOC), YOG Continental Qualification events in 2010 , Africa first-third (one athlete per NOC)

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

WRESTLING

OVER AND ABOVE THE GENERAL SELECTION POLICY, SASCOC AND SOUTH AFRICA WRESTLING FEDERATION AGREE ON THE FOLLOWING PROCESS

SASCOC will consider selection of athletes

If they are in the following age bracket: Born 1st January 1993 and 31st December 194
Maximum of four male athletes and one female athlete
Must possess a 2010 FILA licence
FILA will organise a tournament within each continent during the month of May 2010, where Africa gets one place for each discipline

A minimum of 50% of athletes must be from the previously disadvantaged sector.

All NOC’s are capped to only take a maximum of 70 individual athletes. Qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games does not automatically imply that you will go to the Games. SASCOC will make the final selection of the team once everyone has completed their qualification period.

Click here to see latest official Youth Olympic qualification criteria


22 comments
Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hi Sharon .. I've passed your query on to the national wrestling federation and will get back to you ASAP. Thanx for the interest. Mark Etheridge

Sharon
Sharon

I am confused. For YOG which is Youth Olympic Games why is the age 18? My son is 10 years old and is competing in the national level for wrestling. Will he qualify for YOG?

Babalola Gideon
Babalola Gideon

Hi, this is from a Nigerian badminton junior who as been opportuned to participate in the first youthOlympic games African qualifiers. Firstly I appreciate the YouthOlympics organising committee for organising this great on-coming event, but I have a coment on the rules for qualifying. I want to let d organising commitee to realise that in the situation where the two players from thesame country as topped the continental qualying series and the player that came second has to be dropped after he or she has sacrificed is time, education sections (deferment of section)and other important things of his lifefor the zeal for this great event some of this players. I urge the Organising Committee to look into this and make adjustment. GOD BLESS THE WORLD

Thulani
Thulani

Doing sport is a good thing guys special us as a young nation so sascoc is a creating a good opportunity for us lets take this road for 2012 guys lets do it lets make our country proud

junoman
junoman

sry i take my comment bacvk

junoman
junoman

i have a question why is there no road cycling race and 2 why is the bmx and mountain bike races not offered to people born in 1994

Junior
Junior

Thanks Mark, i really appreciate you answering on their behalf, but with ASA in its current state i have little hope of getting answers right now, they don't even update their website regularly. In little more than a month we will have the SA Schools champs and 2 weeks later the SA Youth champs, i sincerely hope that we will get it before that.

coach AJ
coach AJ

The track and field season is in full swing.. Please make available the qualifying standards for the youth Olympic games..? We need to know what to work for.. It is so difficult for our athletes to prepare if no standard is set.. Please help..?

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hi there Junior .. Athletics (both Continental and South Africa) are still finalising the final selection for the Youth Olympic Games and the matter is in their hands for now. I suggest you get hold of Athletics South Africa for further clarification. Hope this helps in some way

Junior
Junior

Mark Etheridge come in please.........Mark Etheridge ........anyone out there at sascoc?!! We need answers please!

Pieter
Pieter

We are really excited about the Youth Olympics. Our son is a middle distance runner who wil almost certainly be in te finals of the 800m and 1500m for Youth Athletes. The track and field season is in full swing. They need to make sure they qualify and be ready if chosen for the YG. Please, we need those qualifying times!

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Make sure you get the best track and field athletes out there because this is where the medals have always come from. Look back at the muliti-events teams like the Commonwealth, the Olympics, the Pacific Games, the African Games, etc - the medals come from athletics and then swimming so make sure that you take the best of these two sports to get us a high ranking. I know everyone says it's about the participation but we also know that when we return the first thing people talk about is how bad the team peformed and they ask for heads to roll. So be wise and make sure you select on merit the best team to compete and not a few holiday makers who want to tour Singapore and return with no further ambition in the sport. This is a great concept in sport when one considers that the youth of today are leaning more and more towards the kind of activities that are limited to the television, the computer and the cellphone. Maybe now schools will start becoming more active in sport and hire propoer physical education specialists...bring back physical education at least twice a week into the school curriculum

Sporty
Sporty

Hi there. In terms of the age group categories, basketball is just one of a number of sports that have those terms of reference, meaning that will be aged 17 or younger at the time of the Olympics. As far as the reference to four athletes per team goes, basketball is considered an individual sport within the YOG, they are playing 3 a side basketball, the format was decided on by the IOC and FIBA. Here's hoping that helps clear up any confusion. Mark E

Sharon S
Sharon S

If this is 'Youth' Olympics, why do the shooters need to be 18? That is an adult...???

Charles
Charles

1.How come basketball is the only sport with a different age category? This makes no sense! 2. There is a reference to 4 athletes per team - how does this apply to basketball?

andries
andries

dont you people have a taekwondo team?

Junior
Junior

and the athletics.........? i just hope that we will get our "admin" ducks in a row soon!!! a well prepared team will bring back the MEDALS!

Judoka
Judoka

Any idea when the Judo qualificatiobs will be up?.... it is now nearly 2 months.....

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hi there. Judo qualifications were one of the outstanding sports in the Youth Olympic qualifiers. All the qualifications will be up on the website shortly. Regards, Mark

Judoka
Judoka

What about Judo?

Mark Etheridge
Mark Etheridge

Hi Junior. There are still a few outstanding sporting codes for which the qualifying standards and criteria need to determined etc. As soon as SASCOC has these available they'll appear on the site. Watch this space. Mark

Junior
Junior

what are the standards for athletics