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High demand for Olympic qualifiers
09 Mar 2006 13:07

FIH has been overwhelmed by national associations seeking to host the Olympic qualifying tournaments for the Beijing Olympic Games.

When the deadline passed last week, 19 expressions of interest had been received from national associations representing all five FIH continental federations to host one (or more) of the six Olympic qualifying tournaments.

View the new Qualification Criteria for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games

  • The tournaments are to be played in the period 1 November 2007 – 30 April 2008
  • The duration of the tournaments will be nine days
  • The eighteen (18) teams to participate in the respective men’s and women’s qualifying tournaments will be decided at the relevant continental qualification tournaments. Eighteen quotas will be allocated to the continents based upon the FIH Sahara WorldHockey Team Rankings at the completion of the respective men’s and women’s 2006 World Cups
  • The format of the tournament will be the same as for the Champions Trophy and Champions Challenge, namely, round robin with finals/classification matches (1 v 2, 3 v 4 and 5 v 6) with the winner to qualify for the Olympic Games

All National Associations lodging an expression of interest will now be provided with information concerning the FIH technical, financial, marketing, media and protocol requirements.

The final closing date for the lodgement of a Bid Application is Friday, 28 July 2006 with the evaluation to take place later this year.

One of the women’s tournaments has already been allocated to Vancouver, Canada.

Summary of National Associations that have submitted an expression of interest to host an Olympic qualifying tournament (in alphabetical order):

1.       Azerbaijan

2.       Belgium

3.       Canada

4.       Chile

5.       Czech Republic

6.       Egypt

7.       France

8.       Germany

9.       Great Britain

10.    Ireland

11.    Italy

12.    Japan

13.    Korea

14.    New Zealand

15.    Pakistan

16.    Poland

17.    South Africa

18.    Spain

19.    USA

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