Cape Town - Following
media reports on the unhappiness at the South African men and women’s
hockey teams not qualifying for Rio 2016 Olympics, SASCOC has
reiterated that the Continental Qualification route will not be
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.”
The link below is the qualification criteria that was agreed upon
between SASCOC and SAHA and the selection policy was signed by both