Around 10,700 athletes competed at the London Olympics. (5,992 men, 4,776 women)
There were 26 sports.
That’s an average of about 411 / sport.
Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline Gymnastics are allocated 312 spots by IOC. (98 MAG, 98 WAG, 84 Rhythmic and 32 spots for Trampoline)
One thing EVERYONE agrees on is that Gymnastics gets too few spots considering FIG’s IOC status.
Only Athletics is ranked higher. Gymnastics and Swimming are second ahead of Basketball, Cycling, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball.
Gymnastics TV ratings are amongst the highest at the Summer Olympics. We have some GREAT stories.
FIG must continue to petition IOC to add athletes. If it was up to me, I’d move some of the Summer Games sports to the Winter Olympics to make more space. In fact, I wouldn’t mind Gymnastics being moved to the Winter Olympics in exchange for adding another hundred athletes.
related – FIG – Q and A on the new Olympic qualification system in Gymnastics