Asian Games to be hockey qualifying event for 2024 Olympics: FIH President confirms | hockey news

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The hockey venue for the Hangzhou Asian Games later this year is almost ready and there is no ambiguity about the continental multi-sport event being a qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics, International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Ikram Tayyab said on Sunday. Is. The Asian Games, which were to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou last year but got postponed due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in the country, are scheduled to be held in the Chinese city from September 23 to October 8.

Taib, a Pakistan-born Macau citizen, is currently a member of the Hangzhou Asian Games Coordination Committee, which is headed by Randhir Singh, former Secretary General of the Indian Olympic Association and current Olympic Council of Asia Acting Chief.

“The Asian Games are 100 per cent operational. I am a senior member of the Hangzhou Asian Games Coordination Committee and I will continue in that role,” Tayyab told a press conference ahead of the FIH Men’s World Cup final here.

“This March, we (the Asian Games Coordination Committee) are going to have a meeting in Hangzhou in China. The venue was almost ready at the beginning of last year, so about the Asian Games serving as a qualifier for the 2014 Paris Olympics. No problem.” Tayyab, who was the CEO of the Asian Hockey Federation before being elected IHF chief last year, said, “Of course, there was a time when we were thinking of having another tournament as an Olympic qualifier, if China would not have been able to host the Asian Games.” In place of India’s Narinder Batra. The Asian Games usually act as Olympic qualifiers but the Hangzhou Asian Games were postponed from last year to this year due to the COVID-19 situation in China.

In accordance with the qualification process for the Paris Games set by the FIH, 12 teams each of men’s and women’s will compete in the competition.

Host nation France will get a direct place in both the categories. In addition, the five continental champions from Africa, Pan America, Asia, Europe and Oceania will also qualify directly.

For the remaining six berths, FIH will organize two Olympic qualification tournaments, each consisting of eight teams (16 teams in total), to be held in early 2024.

The number of teams from each continent participating in these tournaments will be based on continental quotas, which will be determined according to the FIH World Rankings as on January 31, 2023. In the continental championship. The top three teams in each of these tournaments will qualify.

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