1st Phase - Senior World Championship, Istanbul (TUR)
2nd Phase - Continental Qualifying Tournaments
3rd Phase - World Qualifying Tournament
4th Phase - 2nd World Qualifying Tournament
EVENTS = 18
QUOTA PLACE = 344
ATTRIBUTION OF PLACES
For each wrestling discipline (freestyle and Greco Roman), the places obtained for the Olympic Games will be obtained by the athletes but allocated to the NOCs; at the end of each phase, FILA will confirm to the NOCs concerned the athletes qualified. The NOCs are, however, authorised to replace a qualified athlete who is injured or off form during the final entry, but only in the event concerned.
For all the wrestling competitions that are part of the qualification system for the London 2012 Olympic Games, all the NOCs (for the 1st qualification phase) and the NOCs concerned (for the 2nd, 3rd and 4th qualification phases) may enter a maximum of one wrestler by weight category in each style. The same goes for the Olympic Games.
The first six male and six female wrestlers in each Olympic weight category will be qualified for the Olympic Games, i.e. 108 wrestlers.
2nd phase: 2012 Continental qualification tournament (144 wrestlers)
Each continent organises a specific Olympic qualification tournament. The wrestlers qualified in the 1st phase will not be able to take part in the tournaments of this 2nd phase. The National Federations will not be able to participate with more wrestlers than the number who took part in the 2012 Continental Championships. Wrestlers from Oceania and Africa will participate together in one tournament. The first two male and two female wrestlers of each tournament of each Olympic weight category will qualify, that is: Europe 36 athletes; Asia: 36 athletes; America 36 athletes; Oceania and Africa 36 athletes.
3rd phase: 1st 2012 international qualification tournament (50 wrestlers)
Wrestlers qualified in the 1st and 2nd phases do not have the right to take part in this 3rd qualification phase. The countries will not be able to send other participants in the weight categories in which they already have a qualified wrestler. All the other countries of all the continents may participate in this 3rd phase. The first three male and two female wrestlers in each Olympic weight category ranked at this tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
4th phase: 2nd 2012 international qualification tournament (36 wresters)
Wrestlers qualified in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd phases do not have the right to take part in this 4th qualification phase. The countries will not be able to send other participants in the weight categories in which they already have a qualified wrestler. All the countries of all the continents may participate in this 4th phase. The first two male and first two female wrestlers in each Olympic weight category ranked at this tournament will qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.
HOST COUNTRY REPRESENTATION
If the host country has not qualified any athletes, it will have at its disposition three places that it will be able to use at its choice in three different events. For each place obtained by the host country in the qualification phase, one of these three reserved places will be allocated to the tripartite commission for allocation in accordance with the set principles. The number of places allocated to the tripartite commission may not be higher than three.
TRIPARTITE COMMISSION PLACES
At the end of each qualification phase, FILA will confirm to the NOCs concerned the athletes who have qualified. Four days after each qualification competition, FILA will confirm the final attribution of the places to the NOCs. The NOCs will then have up to three weeks to confirm to FILA the participation of their athletes in the Olympic Games, failing which, the unused places will be re-allocated by FILA in accordance with the procedure mentioned below. Please refer to the qualification timeline for the respective dates after each qualification tournament.
REALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUOTA PLACES
The NOCs are authorised to replace one qualified athlete who is injured or off form in the final entries, but only in the event concerned and if the replacement athlete is eligible. If no athlete replacing the aforementioned NOC should be eligible, the unused place will be allocated to the tripartite commission for allocation in accordance with the set procedure.
If the host country chooses not to use one or more places reserved, this place(s) will be re-allocated by the tripartite commission in accordance with the set principles.
If one of the NOCs that has benefited from a tripartite place chooses not to use it, this place will be re-allocated by the tripartite commission in accordance with the set principles.