Sunday, July 25, 2021

Respite for reserves as Tokyo Olympic hockey rules relaxed

Each National Olympic Committee will be able to use those athletes originally picked as playing reserve in each match during Tokyo Games.

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Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

Olympic hockey teams in Tokyo will be able to call upon their two playing reserves after competition rules were relaxed across five sports just three weeks out from the start.

The Hockey Paper understands that the FIH sent a missive to squads on Friday and competing nations can now use the 17th and 18th squad members, who were previously only able to play if injuries occurred from the original 16-strong selections.

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