Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
21 Jun 2015
12:34 pm

No olympics for SA hockey teams

Wesley Botton

South Africa will have no men's or women's hockey teams at next year's Rio Olympics, after both sides were eliminated from the World League qualifying series.

SA penalty corner drag-flicker Lilian du Plessis follows through as Nicolene Terblanche watches intently during the sixth Test at Hartleyvale in Cape Town Monday.

The national women’s squad, who needed to finish in the top six to keep their Olympic dream alive, lost 2-0 to Spain in the World League semifinal tournament in Valencia on Saturday and were relegated to the playoff for seventh and eighth positions.
The SA men’s team were unable to reach the World League semifinals after settling for fourth place at the round two event in Cape Town in March.
While International Olympic Committee and International Hockey Federation rules allow teams to qualify through their continental championships, the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee confirmed last month it had closed the African door, as part of its strict criteria for the Games.
It will be the first Olympics since 1992 that the country will not be represented in either the men’s or women’s tournaments.