Bringing Olympic Dreams Alive: TEAM GB’S GUIDE TO 2023

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The hard yards on the road to Paris will be run in 2023 as Britain’s best bring their Olympic dreams alive, step by step.

2023 promises blockbuster events on British soil, Paris pointers, quota places flying about left, right and centre and more unforgettable, unscripted drama.

Team GB guides us through it:

The first challenge – to qualify

A quota place is a country’s ticket to the Olympics. Each sport gives them out in different ways and there are a host of opportunities for British athletes to get their hands on them in 2023. Some are based on world rankings – like cycling – and others on performances at World Championships and similar major events.

659 have already been given out and Team GB have bagged 26 of them, more than any other country at this stage other than the USA and the host nation, France.

Britain qualified a full team’s worth of gymnasts and equestrians thanks to brilliant World Championship performances.

Great Britain were the only nation to win 10 quota places in Liverpool.

Team GB will defend their mixed relay triathlon title having qualified a quota place in that discipline, that brings four individual spots, and a superb season for Britain’s shotgun shooters brought three quota places at the earliest possible opportunity.

WORLD CHAMPS! British Gymnasts win all-around Team Gold at World Championships in 2022. Photo credit: Team GB

The road to Paris 2024

Team GB were represented by 376 athletes in Tokyo – and more women than men for the first time.

The number guaranteed to take to the field of play in Paris will swell in 2023.

Team GB will be out in force at the third edition of the European Games, to be staged in Kraków and Małopolska, Poland in late June.

That event brings vital qualification opportunities in boxing, archery, artistic swimming, modern pentathlon and breaking.

Kid Karam will become Team GB’s first-ever breaking athlete in Poland and to the Games victor goes the quota place spoils and a slice of Olympic history.

Britain’s slalom paddlers can punch Paris tickets on home whitewater at September’s World Championships in Lee Valley, while aquatics, sailing and rowing’s global gatherings also herald opportunity.

Other sports – like athletics and swimming – have to wait until 2024 itself.

Home comforts

As well as the Canoe Slalom World Championships, 2023 is yet another year when Olympic excellence and inspiration will be on Britain’s doorstep.

Glasgow stages a historic Cycling World Championships where all 13 disciplines will assemble under one roof and more than 200 rainbow jerseys will be dished out.

Team GB won 12 medals on bikes in Tokyo, so that one promises to be special.

The Modern Pentathlon World Championships come to Bath in August, another key qualifier, and Birmingham plays host to November’s Trampolining Worlds.

That’s in addition to British sporting calendar staples like the World Triathlon Championship Series, Diamond League, Rugby Sevens World Series and All England Badminton Championships.

Selected key dates

Men’s Hockey World Cup: 13-29 January, India

European Youth Olympic Winter Festival: 21-28 January, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Skateboarding Park World Championships, 5-12 February, Sharjah

Track Cycling European Championships: 8-12 February, Grenchen, Switzerland

Boxing: Women’s World Championships: 15-31 March, New Delhi

All England Open Badminton: 14-19 March, Birmingham

Weightlifting European Championships: 15-23 April, Yerevan, Armenia

Boxing: Men’s World Championships: 1-14 May, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Judo World Championships: 7-14 May, Doha

Rugby Sevens World Series: 20-21 May, London

Table Tennis World Championship Finals: 20-28 May, Durban

Taekwondo World Championships: 29 May – 4 June, Baku

European Games: 21 June – 2 July, Kraków and Małopolska

Cycling Tour de France: 1-23 July

Aquatics: World Championships: 14-30 July, Fukuoka

Athletics: Diamond League: 23 July, London

European Youth Summer Olympic Festival: 23-29 July, Maribor, Slovenia

World Triathlon Championship Series: 29-30 July, Sunderland

Archery World Championships: 31 July – 6 August, Berlin

Climbing World Championships: 1-12 August, Bern

Cycling World Championships: 3-13 August, Glasgow

Sailing World Championships: 10-20 August, The Hague

Shooting World Championships: 14-31 August

Athletics World Championships: 19-27 August, Budapest

Modern Pentathlon World Championships: 22-28 August, Bath

Rowing World Championships: 3-10 September, Belgrade

Canoe Slalom World Championships: 19-24 September, Lee Valley

Breaking World Championships: 23-24 September, Leuven, Belgium

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: 29 September-8 October, Antwerp

Beach Volleyball World Championships: 6-15 October, Mexico

Trampolining World Championships: 9-12 November, Birmingham

For all the Team GB news go to www.teamgb.com

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