The 18 quota places taken away from the 2023 World Championships, the first quota event, have been added to the World Qualifiers, which will be the last chance for wrestlers to secure places for the Paris Games.
United World wrestle (UWW) President Nenad Lalovic said on the world government’s official website on Wednesday that the changes are aimed at creating “further fairness in the division between the World Championships and the World Qualifiers”.
The World Cup will be held in Russia from September 16 to 24.
Apart from the 2023 World Championships, the continental qualifiers (Asia, Africa, Pan-America, European) in 2024 and the qualifiers for the 2024 Olympics will also provide quotas for the Games.
Previously, 108 quotas were allocated at the World Championships (six per Olympic weight), but now 90 quota places are offered.
From India, Bajrang Punia (65 kg), Ravi Dahiya (57 kg), Deepak Punia (86 kg) and Vinesh Phogat (53 kg) had qualified for the Tokyo Games through the 2019 World Championships in Nur Sultan, while Anshu Malik (57 kg), Sonam Malik (62 kg) had qualified through the Asian event in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Heavyweight wrestler Sumit Malik (125 kg) had qualified through the World Qualifiers in Sofia, Bulgaria.
In Russia next year, all four medalists (gold, silver and two bronze winners) will secure the quota for their respective countries and the two losers of the bronze medal playoffs will compete for fifth place.
A total of 144 wrestlers will qualify for the Paris Games through the continental qualifying events (Asian, African, Pan-American and European). The top two wrestlers in each Olympic weight class will each get one spot for their NOCs.
The quota winners of the 2023 World Championships will not be eligible to compete in the continental qualifiers unless they compete in a different style.
At the World Olympic Qualifiers, three quotas in each Olympic weight class are at stake instead of the two previously.
Not only will the gold and silver medalists reach quotas, but the bronze medalists will also have a chance to qualify for the Olympics.
The bronze winners compete for the quota in each of the 18 categories.
Unused quotas due to withdrawal, doping violation or non-participation will be transferred to the next best wrestler in that weight category in the tournament.
The deadline for the Olympic Games entries is July 8, 2024. The wrestling competition will be held August 4-11.