Friday, December 1, 2023

Road to Tokyo Olympics: Hockey play-offs, live draw

Nations are awaiting their fate in Olympic play-off draw PIC: Worldsportpics

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As Chris Hollins tells Thierry Weil, ‘we did it’. Indeed, no mishaps with the balls. But the live buffering made it all the more tense to follow it all. But the 14 ties are now known at least. Do follow our coverage in print and online over the coming weeks. Report to follow.

Holland v Pakistan has an age old, Olympic ring to it. Spain v France should be fantastic, Ireland travelling to Canada will be no easy task, Malaysia will be no push overs on their trip to GB. In all, there are some fantastic ties across men and women. Let preparations commence.


Germany v Austria
India v Russia
Holland v Pakistan
Spain v France
Canada v Ireland
Great Britain v Malaysia
New Zealand v Korea

Shouldn’t be a problem for the top 3 nations here. But Ireland v Canada will be very interesting. Belgium’s trip to China also.


Germany v Italy
Australia v Russia
Great Britain v Chile
Ireland v Canada
Spain v Korea
India v USA
China v Belgium

Women’s draw up first, with Pot 1 Australia, Germany and GB against Pot 4.

Buffering quality is circa dial up speed 2003.

Chris Hollins of BT Sport is overseeing proceedings in Lausanne and chewing the cud with the FIH chief executive. There are buffering issues with the streaming which is only adding to the tension.

Plenty of potential classics in the offering over the two-legged matches in October and November. It’s an exciting time for hockey fans, not so much for the competing nations with tickets to Tokyo up for grabs.

Here’s what you need to know about the draw, the pots, who’s away, who’s hosting. Odds on it’s India v Pakistan?

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Olympic play-off draw from Lausanne. The draw is set to begin at 12pm BST – that’s in around 10 minutes, or less that one quarter time if your playing to the new regulations this season.

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