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The first of Olypic Qualification Tournaments (Men’s and Women’s) for London 2012 Olympics will be held in parallel from from 15th to 26th February 2012 in New Delhi, where both Indian teams will play the tournament in their final attempt to book the tickets for London Olympics.

An artist's impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions

An artist’s impression of the Hockey Centre as it might look during the London 2012 Hockey competitions

Indian men’s team will get competition from Canada, who are just one rank below in current FIH ranking, while women’s will have to over come the stiff competition from South African, who are not only one rank above Indian eves but also opted to go through the Olympic Qualification process even after qualifying for the Olympics through African Olympic Qualification tournament recently. This way, South Africa is replaced by Argentina (Las Leonas) as an automatically qualified team, because Las Leonas were the highest-ranked team that was not automatically qualified (because of the shocking defeat against United States in the finals of Pan American Cup 2011).

The six winners of the Olympic Qualification Tournaments will join the nine men’s teams and nine women’s teams that have already punched their ticket to London.
The men’s teams that are already qualified for the 2012 Games are (listed alphabetically): Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.
The women’s teams
that are already qualified for London are: Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, Great Britain, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States.

Details of Olympic Qualification quotas here.

The teams which will be playing the 1st Olympic Qualification tournaments in New Delhi are as listed below:

Men Ranking Women Ranking
India 10 South Africa 12
Canada 11 India 13
France 18 Italy 19
Poland 19 Canada 20
Egypt 25 Ukraine 26
United States 26 Poland 28

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Following its Executive Board meeting this weekend, the FIH today announced the 18 men’s and 18 women’s teams that have been invited to participate in the Olympic Qualification Tournaments. In total, there will be three men’s qualification tournaments and three women’s events between February and May of next year to determine the final teams that will appear at the 2012 London Olympics.

As part of the announcement, the FIH also finalized the host nations and dates of the six Qualification tournaments.

The first qualification tournaments will be held in New Delhi, India from February 15-26 and will be a joint tournament with six men’s and six women’s teams taking part.

The double tournament in India will be followed by a men’s qualification tournament in Dublin, Ireland from March 11-18. Beerschot, Belgium will host the solo women’s event from March 17-25.

The final two Olympic berths will be determined on May 6 in Japan when both the men and women take part in a qualification tournament in Kakamigahara starting on April 25.

The six winners of the Olympic Qualification Tournaments will join the nine men’s teams and nine women’s teams that have already punched their ticket to London.

On the men’s side, the teams that are already qualified for the 2012 Games are (listed alphabetically): Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

The women’s teams that are already qualified for London are: Argentina, Australia, China, Germany, Great Britain, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States. Worth noting is that Argentina replaced South Africa as an automatically qualified team after the South Africans opted to go through the qualification tournament process. Argentina took the place as the highest-ranked team that was not automatically qualified.

Below are all teams and groups for the six qualification tournaments (listed chronologically):

Men Women
New Delhi (IND) –  15 / 26 Feb. 2012 (tbc)
rk. New Delhi (IND) –  15 / 26 Feb. 2012 (tbc) rk.
India 10 South Africa 12
Canada 11 India 13
France 18 Italy 19
Poland 19 Canada 20
Egypt 25 Ukraine 26
United States 26 Poland 28
Men Women
Dublin (IRL) – 11 / 18 March 2012
rk. Beerschot, (BEL) – 17 / 25 March 2012 rk.
Korea 6 Spain 11
Malaysia 14 Ireland 14
Ireland 17 Belgium 16
Russia 20 Russia 21
Chile 24 France 25
Ukraine 31 Mexico 30
Men Women
Kakamigahara (JPN) – 25 Apr. / 6 May 2012 (tbc) rk. Kakamigahara (JPN) – 25 Apr./ 6 May 2012 (tbc) rk.
Spain 4 Japan 9
Japan 15 Azerbaijan 15
China 16 Chile 17
Austria 21 Belarus 22
Czech Republic 23 Malaysia 23
Cuba 39 Trinidad & Tobago 35

Source: www.fih.ch

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