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Qualification criteria

Presentation London medals The London 2012 Paralympic Games medals were unveiled in September 2011 at the opening of a display at the British Museum for the Cultural Olympiad © • Getty Images

Each sport which is part of the London 2012 Paralympic Games has a Qualification Criteria which athletes must meet in order to compete.

In addition sports also allow bipartite entries. This is where the IPC and relevant Sport Federation both agree on a discretionary basis to allow an athlete, who due to extraordinary circumstances has not had the chance to meet the qualification criteria, to compete in the Games.

Wildcard entries are also given to a number of athletes from developing countries who have not made the Qualification criteria.

General documents


General IPC Regulations on Eligibility

IPC Universality Wild Cards

IPC Re-Distribution Policy of Unused Qualification Slots

London 2012 Paralympic Games Programme Overview (May 2011)

Updates and Additions Summary (December 2011)



A maximum of 140 athletes will compete in Archery, including 88 men and 52 women. Athletes have until 1 June 2012 to meet the Minimum Qualification Standard.

Qualification Critera - AR (Updated April 2011)


A maximum of 1,100 athletes will compete in Athletics, including 740 men and 300 women. Athletes have until 5 August 2012 to meet the Minimum Qualification Standard.

Qualification Criteria - AT (Updated August 2011)

Athletics Slot Allocation (Published 1 June 2012)


Up to 80 men and 24 women will compete in Boccia events in London.

Qualification Criteria - BO (Updated April 2011)


There will be 225 cyclists in London, made up of 155 men and 70 women, competing in 50 different medal events.

Qualification Criteria - CY (Updated February 2011)


A total of 78 athletes will compete in 11 medal events.

Qualification Criteria - EQ (Updated April 2011)

Football 5-a-side

Eights teams, each featuring a squad of eight players, will compete for gold.

Qualification Criteria - FB (Updated May 2011)

Football 7-a-side

Eight teams, each featuring a squad of 12 players, will compete in London.

Qualification Criteria - FT (Updated February 2011)


Twelve men’s teams and 10 women’s teams will contest the medals. Each squad will have six players.

Qualification Criteria - GB (Updated July 2011)


There are 13 medal events in London which will feature 84 men and 48 women.

Qualification Criteria - JU (Updated February 2011)


A total of 200 athletes, made up of 120 men and 80 women, will participate in 20 medal events.

Qualification Criteria - PO (Updated February 2011)


With four medals up for grabs, 48 men and 48 women will compete.

Qualificiation Criteria - RO (Updated December 2011)


A total of 80 athletes will contest three medal events.

Qualification Criteria - SA (Updated August 2011)


Twelve medal events will see 100 men and 40 women compete.

Qualification Criteria - SH (Updated December 2011)


With 600 athletes taking part, made up of 340 men and 260 women, Swimming is the second biggest sport in terms of participants. In London there will be 148 medal events. Athletes have until 5 August to attain the Minimum Qualification Standard.

Qualification Criteria - SW (Updated April 2011)

Table tennis

A total of 276 players – 174 men and 102 women – will take part in 29 medal events.

Qualification Criteria - TT (Updated July 2011)

Sitting volleyball

Ten men’s and eight women’s teams will battle it out for gold.

Qualification Criteria - VO (Updated July 2011)

Wheelchair basketball

Twelve men’s and 10 women’s teams will challenge for the medals.

Qualification Criteria - WB (Updated February 2011)

Wheelchair fencing

There are 12 medal events featuring 100 athletes.

Qualification Criteria - WF (Updated August 2011)

Wheelchair rugby

Eight teams consisting of 12 men and women will compete for the medals.

Qualification Criteria - WR (Updated June 2011)

Wheelchair tennis

A total of 112 players will contest six medal events.

Qualification Criteria - WT (Updated December 2011)

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