Sunday, February 25, 2024

Ireland aim to overturn past omission with Paris Olympic hockey qualification

Hockey Ireland goalkeeper David Harte on 2019 hurt, the 2024 Green Machine and Olympic qualification hopes

David Harte, Ireland men’s goalkeeper, says the Green Machine are aiming to consign the “pain and hurt” of missing out on their agonising Tokyo Olympic berth to history and qualify outright for the Paris extravaganza over the next week.

Harte is playing his first major tournament since the 2018 World Cup in India and relishing the prospect of an action-packed hockey year.

“If someone had said we would be in a position to qualify for an Olympics and also have the luxury of being involved in the Pro League, having watched it for so many years, you could say the Irish men’s team are pretty content about that,” said Harte, with the Irish set to jet off to Bhubaneswar under a fortnight after their bid to book final tickets to Paris.

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