- India women hockey team will be playing in Olympics after 36 years
- India women confirmed their place in the hockey event at Rio 2016 as EuroHockey finalists Netherlands and England (as Great Britain) already qualified for Rio 2016
- India qualified through their final position at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Antwerp
- Spain qualified through their final position at the Hockey World League Semi-Final and EuroHockey finalists Netherlands and upcoming semi-finalists Germany and England (as Great Britain) already qualified for Rio 2016
The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed today that India women and Spain have qualified for the hockey event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
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).
Spain qualified after Ireland lost to the Netherlands 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 – the Netherlands, Germany and England (as Great Britain).
The winner of the EuroHockey Championships will qualify for the 2016 Olympics as European continental champions, opening up a further qualification spot which India secure as the team who ranked highest at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals not already qualified.
India women join the nine teams already qualified for Rio 2016 – Korea as Asian Games champions, Argentina as Pan Am Games champions and Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and the USA through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.
Spain men join the nine teams already qualified for Rio 2016 – India as Asian Games champions, Argentina as Pan Am Games champions and Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain and Canada through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals.Brazil men also joined the line-up when their place in the semi-final at the Pan Am Games satisfied the host nation participation criteria established by IOC and FIH.
The remaining two Olympic places (women) and two Olympic places (men) will not be finalised until after the Continental Championships, the Oceania Cup and the Africa Cup for Nations, which finish in November this year.
Congratulating the India Women Team, an elated Dr. Narinder Dhruv Batra, President, Hockey India said, “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 allIH our previous feats in recent times. I congratulate all the players and coaching staff who made this dream real and this achievement also shows their commitment toward their responsibilities. Hockey India thanks all the coaches who trained these players at their respective academies, parents, sponsors and the entire hockey fraternity, who continuously motivated the players and without their support, we could not have achieved this success. I am sure the girls will make us proud at the Olympics.”
Hockey India Secretary General Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad added: “The Olympics qualification is indeed a great achievement for the India Women Team and the Indian hockey fraternity. The players and the Coaching Staff have done a commendable job and they are still training hard for the 2016 Olympic Games. Hockey India is doing its part and fulfilling all the requirements of the team. I congratulate the whole team and the people who have been working hard behind the scene to achieve this success. However, the job is still half done and the team now has to set a new aim of clinching the first Olympic medal.”