Spanish men’s hockey team secures 2016 Olympics berth

London, Aug 27 (IANS) The Spanish men’s hockey team on Thursday qualified for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after Ireland lost to the Netherlands in the semi-finals of the Unibet EuroHockey Championship here.

Ireland’s loss ensured that the only teams who can now win the event have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League (HWL) Semi-Finals — the Netherlands, Germany and Great Britain.

“The winner of the EuroHockey Championship will qualify for the 2016 Olympics as European continental champions, opening up a further qualification spot which Spain secure as the team who ranked highest at the HWL Semi-Finals not already qualified,” the International Hockey Federation (FIH) said in a statement.

Spain finished fifth at the HWL Semi-Final in Buenos Aires while Ireland finished fifth in Antwerp. However Spain qualify ahead of Ireland as they rank above them in the world rankings.

Spain joins the nine teams already qualified for Rio 2016 — India as Asian Games champions, Argentina as Pan Am Games champions and Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Great Britain and Canada through the HWL Semi-Finals.

Brazil men also joined the line-up when their place in the semi-final at the Pan Am Games satisfied the host nation participation criteria.

The remaining two Olympic places will not be finalised until after the Continental Championships, the Oceania Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations, which finish in November this year.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here