Given the limited number of qualification slots available for shooting sport at Olympic Games and at the Youth Olympic Games, the qualification system for our sport is based on Quota Places.
A Quota Place is a qualification ticket to enter the Games, awarded by the ISSF to those athletes who reach the best results during designated ISSF Olympic Qualification competitions such as ISSF World Championships, ISSF World Cups, Continental Championships or Continental Games.
Quota Places are country-related: the athlete wins a quota place, which is then owned by his/her country. Each country is free to decide how to use the Quota Places won by its athletes. Therefore, the athlete who secures a Quota Place is not automatically qualified for the Games, as the final decision is to be taken by his/her national team. As an example, the Quota Place won by Athlete X could be used by the country of appurtenance to enter Athlete Y in the Games.
Each Olympic cycle, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) assigns a certain number of Quota Places to the ISSF, which then distribute them to nations through designated qualification competitions.
- 390 Quota Places were given to ISSF at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (GBR), which were than re-distributed to 108 different countries.
- 390 Quota Places will be distributed for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (BRA).
- 80 Quota Places were given to ISSF at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing (CHN), which were than re-distributed to 57 different countries.
- 80 Quota Places will be distributed for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG).