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Olympic hockey qualification needs changing, says German great

Janne Muller-Wieland has spoken to the FIH PIC: Worldsportpics

Germany’s captain Janne Muller-Wieland revealed that she has spoken to world hockey chiefs over the decision to award only one Olympic spot to continental championship winners.

Muller-Wieland, 32, came close to automatic qualification for Tokyo 2020 with Germany before Holland were gifted an early autumn off courtesy of their women’s title, their 10th European crown.

It meant that Germany women, like the men’s side, will have to contest the play-offs in late October. ,However, Muller-Wieland says that there is a disparity in the FIH rules, with the European Championships the hardest to qualify.

She said: “If you look at the World Cup 1-2-3, Olympics 1-2-3 (the medal podium all being European), there are so many good nations here and in Africa there’s only South Africa playing proper hockey on that level.olym




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