Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
15 Mar 2015
7:21 pm

Hockey men take Olympic knock

Wesley Botton

The SA men's hockey team's hopes of competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics took a major knock on Sunday after they settled for fourth place at the World League round two tournament in Cape Town.

PHOTO: AFP

The hosts lost 3-2 to Egypt in a penalty shootout after their bronze medal playoff ended in a 2-2 draw. The top three teams qualified for the Olympic qualifiers at the World League semifinals in July.

While South Africa could still secure their place in Rio by winning the African Championships in Egypt in October, this option seemed unlikely.

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) had previously closed the continental door as part of its “no passengers” approach to the quadrennial Games.

France beat China 5-2 in the final to secure victory with an unbeaten run in Cape Town.