Index

Continental Games and Cups to determine
qualifiers for the world's top two hockey events
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Over the next few months, Continental Games and Cups which will determine automatic qualification for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and in some instances, the 2002 World Cups will take place.

First up are the 13th Pan American Games, from 24th July to 4th August in Winnipeg, Canada. Both men's and women's hockey are on the schedule, with the respective winners automatically qualifying for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Seven teams will compete in a one-pool competition in each tournament.

Then in August and September, it's over to Europe for the 5th European Nations Cup for Women (18-29 August, Cologne, Germany) and the 8th European Nations Cup for Men (1-12 September, Padova Italy). The winners of both the men's and women's competitions will automatically qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and the 2002 World Cups. ( Netherlands' men, as reigning champions of the World Cup and Olympic Games are already automatically qualified for both events.) Both tournaments are 12-team, two-pool competitions.

Also in September are the 7th All Africa Games, taking place in Johannesburg (8-18 September 1999). The hockey competitions for men and women will be played at the Randburg Astrostadium where the old carpet is being replaced and a second field installed. The winners of the men's and women's hockey competitions will automatically qualify for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

And finally, the 2nd Oceania Cup for Women is scheduled in Dunedin, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, with the winner automatically qualifying for both the Sydney Olympic Games and the 2002 Women's World Cup.

Other qualifying Continental competitions already held are the 13th Asian Games (India's men and Korea's women are automatic qualifiers for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games), the 3rd Africa Cup for women (South Africa automatically qualified for the 2002 World Cup) and the 2nd Oceania Cup for men, won by Australia. (Australia automatically qualifies for the 2002 World Cup, and Olympic Games, but were already qualified as hosts for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.)

Please see For the Record for available participating teams.