The world number one Kookaburras will take center stage in the opening match of the Tokyo Olympic hockey tournament after being scheduled first up against host Japan. The match schedule for the men’s and women’s Olympic 2020 Games hockey competitions was revealed at a press briefing overnight in Tokyo Olympic.
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The mouthwatering opening encounter against Japan will take place on Saturday 25 July 2020 at 10:30am AEST in front of what is sure to a be a full Oi Hockey Stadium. After Japan, the Kookaburras take on eight-time Olympic gold medalists India on Sunday 26 July before facing reigning Olympic champions Argentina.
“To be arranged against the Olympic 2020 host nation to start the contest is really thrilling for our group and will be a countless way to launch our movement,” Kookaburras Head Coach Colin Batch said.
The Olympic is the highpoint of our game so we know the greatness of the test in front of us and with the schedule now free, we can start to plan and prepare accordingly for what is fast. The first match of Tokyo Olympic will be against Spain (ranked 7th) on Sunday 26 July (11:00am AEST). The world number two ranked Hockeyroos will be back in action the following day against China, who they played against during the Tokyo Test Event earlier this year.
“Here are no easy games at the Olympic 2020, and coupled with how close-fitting and closely challenged international women’s hockey is at the moment, we will have to be at our best for every game we play,” Hockeyroos Head Coach Paul Gaudoin said.
All of the countries in our group are capable of thrashing anyone in the world on any given day so we need to make sure we make as best we can over the next eight months to make sure we are in the best possible condition, both physically and spiritually.
The Men’s and Women’s Gold medal games will take place on 6 and 7 August individually. The format of the Olympic 2020 Games Tokyo Olympic hockey contests sees the 12 competing teams split into two pools where they play in a round-robin arrangement.
The top four sides in each pool proceed to the sector finals with the winners rolling to the medal rounds. The full game schedule of the Tokyo Olympic hockey tournaments as well as the which were long-established last month can be watched. The games will be staged in the brand-new.