The Indian Women’s Hockey team has booked their berth for the 2016 Rio Olympics thanks to their performance at the Hockey World League.
This is only the second Olympic qualification for the Women’s Hockey team. The team first qualified for Olympics back in 1980 and had finished fourth back then. The qualification came after their fifth place finish in the Hockey World League back in July. They needed two already qualified teams to reach the European Championships finals. Netherlands and England did the job for India and it opened the Olympic berth for the team.
“India qualified after England defeated Spain in the semi-finals of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London, which ensured that the only teams who can now win the event have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Netherlands and England (as Great Britain),” the FIH said on its website.
India becomes 10th team to qualify for Rio Olympics
At the moment, 10 teams have qualified for the Olympics including India. South Korea, Argentina, Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and USA are the other nine. There are two more spots to fill which will be finalised after the Oceania Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.
“It is a proud moment for Hockey India and the whole country. We have been waiting for this for the last 36 years and this achievement is the sweetest and the most memorable among all our previous feats in recent times,” Hockey India president Narinder Batra said.
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