|Sydney 2000 Update|
Women's hockey competition to be played under new format
The women's hockey competition at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games will not be the traditional two-pool round robin competition followed by classification and then final placing matches. A somewhat different structure, which will ….. has been proposed by the Australian Women's Hockey Association and approved by both the FIH and the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG).
The Test event for hockey was successfully held in September at the State Hockey Centre in Homebush, and it consisted of two four-nations tournaments. Both Australia's men and women were victorious in the warm-up for the Olympic Games Hockey competition. (See "For the Record" for final standings.)
While the hockey was competitive, the primary aim was not a test run for the teams, but rather, a test run for the organisers, who attempted to utilise as many of the procedures, utilities and facilities as possible that would be in use during the Olympic Games. Signs are good so far that all is in order for a successful Olympic Hockey tournament.
In the last issue of International Hockey News, the name of the Olympic hockey surface was mistakenly reported. The actual name of the surface is now Poligras.2000, rather than Balsam.H20ZXLS as printed.
SOCOG recently announced that streets in the various Olympic Villages would be named after top Olympic Athletes, past and present. A number of international hockey players have been honoured with their names being chosen to mark the Olympic streets of Sydney. During the Games, you may find yourself walking down Rechelle Hawkes Avenue, Liane Tooth Avenue or Jacqueline Pereira Street. All three represent the best of Australia women's hockey. Other famous athletes honoured in same way include Jesse Owens, Michael Jordan, Daley Thompson and Fanny Blankers-Koen.