Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Essential information

Rio 2016

Badminton will be hosted in the second week of the Games, 11 – 21 August 2016 and will be taking place at Riocentro – Pavilion 4. Five medal events will be hosted – men’s singles (38 players), women’s singles (38 players), men’s doubles (16 pairs), women’s doubles (16 pairs), and mixed doubles (16 pairs).

The training and competition venue at Riocentro is within walking distance of the Olympic Village.

Qualification System in Detail approved by IOC (4 February 2014)

The BWF ranking list of 5 May 2016 will be used to allocate qualifying places until a total of 38 places in each singles event and 16 places (pairs) in each doubles event are met including the requirements of Regulations 3.3.1 to 3.3.14.

The list of initially qualified athletes/pairs for each event, including continental representation places, host NOC places and Tripartite Commission Invitation Places, will be published as part of the World Ranking Lists of 5 May 2016 on its Fan site –

BWF will inform the respective NOCs/national federations of their allocated quota places by no later than 12 May 2016. NOCs will then have until 31 May 2016 to confirm that they will use the quota places.


Rio 2016 Olympic Games – Essential Reading

The following is essential information for players and team managers going to Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The IOC Rio Olympic Games Qualifying Regulations. See the Regulations section of the website for the three relevant regulations on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Use of Athletes Image – use of athlete images by personnel sponsors in the lead up to and during the Games.

IOC Guidelines Regarding Authorised Identification – IOC clothing and equipment regulations – general sport guidelines on branding and logos on clothing and equipment and specific guidelines for badminton.

IOC Letter -Anti-Doping Rules – Rio 2016 Olympic Games – this highlights some key messages from the IOC about the rules that apply at Games time.

The second IOC letter gives notice of changes to the IOC Anti-Doping Rules doe Rio 2016.

IOC Anti-Doping Rules for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – this is a specific set or anti-doping rules which apply for the period of the Games – from the opening of the Olympic village (24 July 2016) to the day of the Closing Ceremony (21 August).

The Rules were amended in March 2016 by the IOC – and the Rules linked here are the latest. They allow for doping cases at the Olympic Games to be managed by a  new CAS Anti-Doping Division set up in March.

List of Prohibited Substances and Methods 2016 – This is the WADA Prohibited List and this will be in force from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Rules for the application of the Articles 7, 9 and 10 of the IOC Code of Ethics and of the Olympic Movement Code on the Prevention of the Manipulation of Competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

IOC Social and Digital Media Guidelines – what athletes, coaches, managers, team personnel can / cannot do regarding social media and recording video footage and images at the Games.

IOC Needle Policy – the policy for the use of needles at the Games

IOC Policy Regarding Certain Scientific & Medical Equipment – Rio 2016 – restrictions on certain types of specialized equipment related to athlete preparation.

Zika Virus Update – 30 Jan 2016

IOC Medical Commission information sent to all NOCs and International Sports Federations. This memo gives an update on the situation with the Zika Virus and provides advice for athletes and the entourage travelling to Brazil.

This letter of 17 March 2016, is from the host of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and is a general update on the Zika Virus in Brazil.

The letter links to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and question / answer information from WHO on the Zika virus.

A letter from the IPC of 27 March details some practical measures for athletes and entourage members going to Rio.

A letter from WHO – dated 28 May 2016 which gives some advice on the zika virus to those travelling to Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

This letter provides travel advice for players, teams, managers and administrators going to Rio for the Olympic Games in August.

For more information on the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, visit the official website (click here).