Originally Posted by _Ed_
I don't get that, we were only allowed one single sculls rower when arguably we had two of the top 10 or so in the world in Drysdale and Waddell.
It's different in each sport. Rowing and kayaking only allow one even at their world championships, so it's clearly not an IOC decision (in many sports with team events you're usually allowed to enter the individual as long as the team is qualified).
Agreed with the general principle though - the best should be there. Winter Olympics has the balance right I think, each nation can enter up to four athletes (with the exception of figure skating for some reason).