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  • USA women and Canada men confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 at the Pan Am Games
  • Canada men won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
  • USA women won their semi-final match at the Pan Am Games and will meet Argentina in the final
Adam Froese scored winning penalty shoot-out against Brazil to confirm a place for Canada in Rio 2016 Olympics

Adam Froese scored winning penalty shoot-out against Brazil to confirm a place for Canada in Rio 2016 Olympics

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) have confirmed that USA Women and Canada men have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA women beat Canada and Canada men beat Brazil in their semi-final match, to confirm their place in the final of the Pan Am Games hockey event and ultimately their place in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Argentina men won the other semi-final in Toronto and have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. With both teams in the final, qualification for Canada men is guaranteed either as winner of the Pan Am Games (Continental Champions) or the next highest ranked placed team from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals should the Continental Champion already have qualified.

Argentina women won the other semi-final in Toronto and have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. With both teams in the final, qualification for USA women is guaranteed, either as winner of the Pan Am Games (Continental Champions) or the next highest ranked placed team from the Hockey World League Semi-Finals should the Continental Champion already have qualified.

Canada men join the eight teams already qualified for Rio 2016. India as Asian Games Champions and Germany, Netherlands, Argentina, Australia, Belgium and Great Britain through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. Brazil men also joined the line up on Wednesday when their place in the semi-final at the Pan Am Games satisfied the host nation participation criteria established by IOC and FIH.

USA women join the eight teams already qualified for Rio 2016. Korea as Asian Games Champions and Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and Argentina through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals. New Zealand women also joined the line up yesterday. Host Nation Brazil women failed to meet the qualification criteria and their place went to New Zealand as the next highest ranked placed team at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.

As a (field) hockey player and for a lot of amateur athletes, the Olympics is the ultimate experience in your sporting career,” says Canadian captain Scott Tupper, who competed at the 2008 Olympics and is one of two former Olympians on the team. “Having been to one and knowing how special it can be and what’s it’s like, then having to sit one out and watch (2012) was definitely the low point of my career.

To be going back in a leadership role … it’s really special. I think it will truly truly sink in over the next few days and the next few weeks, that we’ve got a really fantastic year of build up to come and the excitement that goes with preparing for an Olympic Games and ultimately competing in one.

The Olympics has been a goal for our team from (the end) of Guadalajara four years ago” says Adam Froese, who scored the shootout winner in Canada’s Olympic clinching 5-4 semifinal shootout win over Brazil. “We’ve been working really hard as a group. The guys here, the guys who aren’t on the team today, we’ve all worked really hard. This is just a moment for all of us to enjoy those hard hours that we put in.

The remaining three Olympic places (men and women) will not be finalised until after the Continental Championships which finish in October this year.

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