The national men’s and women’s hockey teams have secured qualification for the Olympic 2020, but that alone might not be sufficient to see them given the limelight by SASCOC to signify Team South Africa. Olympic followers from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platforms for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Hockey followers can book Olympic Hockey Tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

Together national sides secured their paths to Tokyo Olympic by winning the African Hockey Road to Tokyo 2020 series in Stellenbosch over the weekend a mainland tournament that doubled up as an Olympic 2020 qualifier but SASCOC still has the power to dash their hopes. It is a state that is seeing increasingly familiar, with SASCOC having absent hockey from their Olympic team for Rio 2016 despite both sides having secured qualification. 

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While the qualification criteria from an Olympic and FIH perspective has been seen, SASCOC has their own set of criteria that looks at how the teams fare internationally indecisive whether they will be truthful medal candidates at the Olympic 2020.

SASCOC will reflect the selection of the Side if a qualification is: 

1.1 Mainland qualification will only be careful if the Side wins the continental qualification event and has reached a Top 2 finish at the Hockey Series Final.

1.2 Reached directly through the FIH Olympic 2020 Qualification Event;

1.3 Target for qualification will be 4 November 2019.

The long and little of it is that SASCOC has the final say on whether or not the national hockey teams go to the Olympic 2020. 

“We are not successful to take athletes who cannot hold their individual on the international phase; SASCOC High Presentation Commission Chairperson Debbie Alexander expressed Sport24 on Tuesday.  We want to take the best of the best to the Olympic 2020.”

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The men’s team is currently ranked 14th in the world while the women are 16th, while both are presently securely on top of the African rankings. The men’s team, meanwhile, did finish second at an FIH Series Finals event, however, when they won silver in Bhubaneswar. That is part of the SASCOC standards, consolidation SA Hockey’s case to get the men to Tokyo Olympic. 

The women’s team finished 4th in Valencia. The final choice, though, still lies with SASCOC themselves and if they think that the world ranking and global standup of the lateral is not up to scrape, and then they can say ‘no’. CEO of SA Hockey trusts it would not be fair, chiefly with regards to the men’s side.

“Now that the team has qualified through the FIH process we will be further engaging SASCOC on the way forward,” Langeni said. 

We have obviously submitted to the policy as to their requirements and we wait to hear their feedback. We have encountered the FIH standards and, exactly in the men’s, we’ve met the additional standards set by SASCOC.

As per the agreement, there is a Clause 8 in all of the contracts, which states that SASCOC still reserves the rights in confirming the composition of Team SA. It’s still exclusively in the hands of SASCOC. Langeni complete that SA Hockey would be charming with SASCOC at every likely level to try and secure an Olympic ticket to Tokyo Olympic. 

“The chance to attend an Olympic 2020 Games is massive for South African hockey on the world stage,” Langeni said.

Over the years both teams have shown that they have the competitiveness to play on the world stage. It would be detrimental to our sport if any of our teams were not given that opportunity and given the fact we missed out in 2016, it would not bode well.

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“I’m hopeful that SASCOC will do the right thing and that, given that the men have met the criteria, they will consider them for being part of Team SA.”

Langeni added that SA Hockey was “exploring one more avenue” with regards to the women’s side and their chances of earning Team SA SASCOC selection for Tokyo, but that it was an “internal” process at this stage. 

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