The basketball players are there as world champions, the football players are certainly not, it will be very difficult in volleyball: This is the status of German team sports with a view to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
The basketball players are there as world champions, the football players are certainly not, things will be very difficult in volleyball: This is the status of German team sports with a view to the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Of course the world champion is qualified, but the team around captain Dennis Schröder had already secured their ticket by reaching the World Cup semi-finals as one of the two best European teams. It is the second participation in a row; in 2021 we made it to the quarter-finals in Tokyo.
Things are also looking pretty good for the women; in a four-man qualifying tournament in February, third place for the European Championship sixth place is enough for the Olympic premiere.
Everything is open for the streetball tournaments. The first of eight women’s and men’s starting places will be awarded based on the world rankings from November 1st. Afterwards the “FIBA Universality-driven Olympic Tournament 1” will take place, then the “FIBA Universality-driven Olympic Tournament 2” and finally another qualifying tournament. Then there are another three quota tickets per gender.
For the women, the tickets were no longer allocated via the World Cup as before, everything is based on the Nations League premiere – and the pressure is immediately immense after the botched start in Denmark (0:2). The DFB team must win its group (other opponents Iceland and Wales) and possibly make it to the final in order to secure one of two starting places for Paris 2024. If the already qualified Olympic host France is in the final, third place is enough.
The Olympic train has already left for the men. Since 1992, the U21 European Championships have been decisive for qualification; this year, coach Antonio Di Salvo’s selection at the finals in Georgia and Romania as title holders failed miserably in the preliminary round.
The easiest way for the two German handball teams? They will win the title at their upcoming major tournaments – which for women is the World Cup in December and for men the home European Championships in January. Alternatively, there is the option of taking part in the qualifying tournaments in the spring.
National coach Alfred Gislason’s men have already secured their ticket by finishing fifth at the last World Cup. Markus Gaugisch’s women’s team would have to finish in one of the top seven places at their upcoming World Cup in order to definitely be able to take part in such a qualifying tournament. Four teams take part in each tournament, two of which qualify for Paris.
The women have already missed their first chance, the two tickets for the qualification tournament in Lodz are gone. The men’s opponents are also tough; they will face world champions Italy in their group of eight from the end of September.
The German teams have another chance via the world rankings, which will award five more starting places in 2024. The last time German teams took part in the Olympics was many years ago; the men last took part in 2012 and the women in 2004.
The German hockey women and men missed their first chance. At the home European Championships in Mönchengladbach, both teams could have qualified for Paris as European champions, but the title went to the Netherlands in each case.
The teams of the German Hockey Association (DHB) have their next chance at the 2024 qualifying tournaments. There, the teams have to finish in the top three in their respective group of eight; the opponents have not yet been determined.
The ambitious Rugby Germany team started 2023 with big goals. The European Championship title, promotion to the World Series and also the ticket for the Olympics were supposed to be there, but nothing came of it. At the European Games in Krakow in June, the German team missed their last chance to reach Paris. The women’s selection in Poland also came away empty-handed.
The road to Paris is extremely difficult, the chances are very slim. The first tickets were awarded at the World Cup in Japan in the summer, where the German teams were not there.
Whoever wins the European Championships in Israel in January will get a ticket. There are also final places for participants at the World Cup in February in Qatar – four for men and two for women. To do this, the Germans would first have to qualify for the World Cup at the European Championships. The men last took part in the Olympics in 2008, the women never before.