Friday, December 1, 2023

Paris Olympics hockey: India men, China women qualify for 2024 Games

India men and China women booked tickets to the Paris 2024 Olympics after gold medals at the Asian Games.

India beat Japan 5-1 to secure their fourth gold medal in the competition’s history and all-important Olympic qualification. 

In the women’s competition China edged the finals with a 2-0 win over South Korea and their fourth gold in the event.

Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia and Pakistan will now move on to the men’s FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Korea, India, Japan and Malaysia will play in the women’s Olympic qualifiers in January.

Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh said: “Our goal was to get nothing less than gold at the Asian Games and qualify for the Olympics and I am so proud of the team that we could achieve it.”

A total of 12 teams, in each of the men’s and women’s categories, will compete at the hockey event at the Olympic Games. 

Hosts France have already gained direct qualification. Australia (men and women) were winners of the Oceania Cup, which sealed their qualification, while Netherlands (men and women) qualified as the European champions. 

The winners of each of the remaining two continental championships in the Americas and Africa will also gain direct qualification to the upcoming Olympic Games. 

The FIH Hockey Olympic Qualifiers will be held in January and provide a second opportunity for teams to qualify for the remaining six spots at the Olympic Games. 

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