Indian women’s hockey team bags 2016 Rio Olympic berth

first_imgThe confirmation has come and the Indian women’s hockey team has booked a place in 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday. The women’s team will be featuring in the Olympics for the second time and the first instance being in 1980 where they finished fourth.”India qualified after England defeated Spain in the semi-finals of the Unibet EuroHockey Championships in London, which ensured that the only teams who can now win the event have already qualified for Rio through the Hockey World League Semi-Finals – Netherlands and England (as Great Britain),” the FIH has confirmed on its website.”The winner of the EuroHockey Championships will qualify for the 2016 Olympics as European continental champions, opening up a further qualification spot which India secure as the team who ranked highest at the Hockey World League Semi-Finals not already qualified,” it had added.India became the 10th team to qualify for the Rio Olympics after South Korea, Argentina, Great Britain, China, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and USA. Congratulations to India women who qualified for @Rio2016 @Olympics: #RoadToRio #GoingToRio; FIH (@FIH_Hockey) August 28, 2015 A BIG & proud moment for India! Our Womens team also qualify for the @Rio2016 Olympics. #IndiaKaGame #RoadToRio; Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) August 28, 2015last_img read more