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FIH to propose change to Olympic hockey qualification process
25 Sep 2005 19:24

The FIH Executive Board concluded its meeting in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday, with a proposal to change the system of Olympic qualification to be sent to the IOC Executive Board for approval in late October.

The core component of the proposal is to have a greater number of automatic Olympic qualifiers and to provide an opportunity for more teams to be involved at the second stage of the qualifying process.

This change has been proposed to increase the overall number of teams competing for an Olympic berth and to provide another avenue to the Games if teams are not initially successful in their respective continental federation championships.

Also to be sent to the IOC Executive Board is a proposal to eliminate the playoffs for positions 9-12 at the Olympic Games.

In other news for the FIH Executive Board meeting, the national hockey associations of Estonia and Ecuador were accepted as provisional members.

Two awards were also conferred, with the Egyptian Hockey Federation awarded the Pablo Negre Trophy. The trophy is awarded annually to the National Association which has by its activities, initiatives and sportsmanship, served best the course of hockey and made it more popular during the previous two years. Larry Cornofsky was awarded the FIH President’s Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution and expertise in tournament administration over many years.

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