JOHANNESBURG – The South African men’s and women’s hockey team will not be going to the Rio Olympics next year after failing to reach the necessary qualifying criteria, says the country’s governing body SASCOC.
SASCOC has responded to media reports about the unhappiness of the South African teams and said in a statement they wished to reiterate that the Continental Qualification route will not be considered.
The SASCOC board agreed on the Rio 2016 Olympics qualification criteria in May this year, where all participating sports codes signed the policies in agreement with the relevant standards.
In light of this, even if the South African hockey teams win the African Championships currently being held in Johannesburg and ending this weekend, the status remains as is – they will not be able to qualify for next year’s Rio Olympics.
Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: “We commend the SA men’s and women’s teams participating in the African Championships being held in Johannesburg, giving their best and competing for world ranking points.
“However, the SASCOC Board firmly believes that the qualification criteria, which have been agreed between the international sporting federations and the International Olympic Committee and based on World Olympic Qualification, is in line with SASCOC’s policy of producing world class athletes who will compete at the highest levels.”