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Men's Field Hockey Olympic FIH Qualification Tournament 1 2012


New Delhi (IND) - 18 February 2012 - 26 February 2012






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Qualified Teams

  • Canada
  • France
  • India
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • United States





Competition's Format


Round Robin Round

February 18th - February 24th, 2012

6 Teams, Round Robin Round, 1st and 2nd Teams will qualify for Final

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Knockout Round

February 26th, 2012

6 Teams, Final and Placement Matches, winning Team will qualify for Men's Field Hockey 2012 Olympic Games Tournament








Road to London 2012





The 1st Team
will qualify for 2012 Olympic Games.


Teams already Qualified for Men's Tournament

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • Spain



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India should get through.....Canada would be posing some fight....best chance for India to qualify to the Olympics....
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It would be sensational if Poland is qualified for the Olympics, but it will be very very difficult. Good luck Polish team
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Round Robin Round

February 18th - February 24th, 2012

6 Teams, Round Robin Round, 1st and 2nd Teams will qualify for Final




Schedule

India Standard Time (GMT +5.30)


Canada 9 - 0 Italy
(Half-Time Score: 3-0)

February 18th 2012, h. 14:00



France 2 - 1 Poland
(Half-Time Score: 1-0)

February 18th 2012, h. 16:00



India 15 - 1 Singapore
(Half-Time Score: 6-0)

February 18th 2012, h. 20:00



Canada 2 - 3 Poland
(Half-Time Score: 1-2)

February 19th 2012, h. 12:00



Singapore 0 - 9 France
(Half-Time Score: 0-5)

February 19th 2012, h. 16:00



India 8 - 1 Italy
(Half-Time Score: 6-1)

February 19th 2012, h. 20:00



Canada 15 - 1 Singapore
(Half-Time Score: 8-1)
February 21st 2012, h. 14:00



Poland 7 - 2 Italy
(Half-Time Score: 4-2)
February 21st 2012, h. 16:00



France 2 - 6 India
(Half-Time Score: 1-3)
February 21st 2012, h. 20:00



Poland 11 - 3 Singapore

(Half-Time Score: 3-0)
February 22nd 2012, h. 12:00



Italy 0 - 3 France

(Half-Time Score: 0-0)

February 22nd 2012, h. 16:00



Canada 2 - 3 India

(Half-Time Score: 0-1)

February 22nd 2012, h. 20:00



Italy 4 - 0 Singapore

(Half-Time Score: 2-0)

February 24th 2012, h. 12:00



France 1 - 1 Canada

(Half-Time Score: 0-1)

February 24th 2012, h. 16:00



India 4 - 2 Poland

(Half-Time Score: 1-1)

February 24th 2012, h. 20:00



Round Robin Final Standing


Team

GP

W  

D   

L   

GF

GA

GD

Pts

India

5

5

0

0

36

8

+28

12

France

5

3

1

1

17

8

+9

10

Poland

5

3

0

2

24

13

+11

9

Canada

5

2

1

2

29

8

+21

7

Italy

5

1

0

4

7

27

-20

3

Singapore

5

0

0

5

5

54

-49

0





Teams Qualified for Final


  • France

  • India



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Fully expect India to win and advance.

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U.S. men’s field hockey pulls out of Olympic qualifier because of a lack of players



The U.S. men’s field hockey team scheduled to compete in an Olympic qualification tournament in New Delhi, India, next month pulled out of the event Tuesday because of a lack of player commitments, ending hopes that the United States would qualify its first Olympic men’s field hockey team since the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta — when the host country automatically got a bid.
The U.S. men were selected to attend the Feb. 18-26 event, the first of three Olympic qualifiers, after finishing fifth at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, last summer. But employment conflicts, injuries and player retirements gutted the roster.
“The decision has been made strategically with the very best outcome for our program in mind,” Terry Walsh, USA Field Hockey’s Technical Director of High Performance, said in a statement. “Unavailability of many of the senior players has left the Men’s program in a position where our best assembled team has a performance potential well below that required to be competitive in a tournament of this caliber.”
The United States men have played in just six Olympic field hockey tournaments, winning only one medal — a silver — back in 1932 when the Games were held in Los Angeles. At the ’96 Games, the team finished 0-5.
USA Field Hockey officials said they decided not to send a team of junior athletes because of the high-caliber of competition in the qualifying event.
“Much work and effort has taken place in recent years to develop a quality junior program,” USA Field Hockey Executive Director Steve Locke said in the statement. “I believe that in attending the tournament that will feature the world’s top ranked teams will only hinder the confidence and development of our junior men.”
The focus of the Senior Men’s program has now shifted to the FIH World League, set to make its debut in late 2012, according to USA Field Hockey. Participation in the World League is essential for future qualification prospects.
“The Board of Directors is in full support of the decision made to withdraw the team from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament,” said Pam Stuper, Chair, USA Field Hockey Board. “The decision was made with the best interest in mind of the athletes and long-term development of the Men’s National Team program.”

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U.S. men’s field hockey pulls out of Olympic qualifier because of a lack of players

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Will they be replaced ?

I don't know.

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Usually it's the highest ranked non-qualifier so Mexico would be offered a spot first then it'll go down the rankings

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JoshMartini007 replied at 2012-1-24 10:32 PM
Usually it's the highest ranked non-qualifier so Mexico would be offered a spot first then it'll go  ...

In the world rankings not the qualification tournament.

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Yes, it's the same way Italy got in after Egypt withdrew.

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                          Singapore into Olympic Qualification Tournament                                       


Asian nation takes USA’s spot in Delhi event



The FIH today announced that Singapore will take the place of the United States at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in New Delhi, India from February 18-26.


Singapore, ranked #41 in the FIH World Ranking was contacted to join the six team men’s qualification group after the United States unexpectedly pulled out of the event.

“We were pleased that Singapore agreed on such short notice to take part in the Olympic Qualification event,” said FIH CEO Kelly Fairweather. “It will undoubtedly give its men’s national team valuable experience in a major international tournament.”


The tournament in Delhi will feature a six-team round robin format. Following the round robin, the teams ranked first and second will play for a berth to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The remaining four teams will play placement games for FIH World Ranking points.


                        

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Hero MotoCorp named Title Sponsor for India Olympic Qualifiers

Crucial tournaments re-named "Hero FIH Road to London"



In keeping  with its commitment towards promoting India’s national sport – Hockey, Hero  MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL) – the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer - today  announced its coming on board as the Title Sponsor of the men’s and women’s  hockey qualifying events for London Olympics 2012.
HMCL (formerly  known as Hero Honda Motors Ltd) is amongst the largest corporate promoters of  sports in India.

The event titled  as ‘Hero FIH Road to London’ will be played at Major Dhyan Chand Hockey National  Stadium in New Delhi from the 18th – 26th of February 2012. The event will  feature six teams from both men’s and women’s category competing against each  other in a round robin format for two Olympic berths out of the six berths  available (1 of 3 men’s and 1 of 3 women’s) in the 2012 London Olympics. The  ‘Hero FIH Road to London’ is the first of the three leg Olympic qualifying  events for the London Olympic Games scheduled for July this year. Following the  round robin league, the teams ranked first and second will play and the winner  will qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games, while the remaining four teams  will play placement games for FIH World Ranking points.


Commenting on the  partnership, Mr. Pawan Munjal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer,  Hero MotoCorp Ltd., said “Hockey, being the national sport of the country, holds  a special place in our hearts and we are pleased to partner with FIH in  presenting the “Hero FIH Road to London” Olympic Hockey Qualifiers. We have  always believed in nurturing and supporting various sporting disciplines  including cricket, golf, shooting and hockey. I am sure there are millions of  hockey fans across the country who wants to see a revival of the glorious hockey  days of yore, and we, therefore, consider it an absolute privilege to be playing  our small role in reigniting the passion and popularity of hockey in the  country.”

The tournament  holds great importance for the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team as this will  be their only window to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The Indian  men’s hockey team enters the tournament as favourites while they are also the  highest ranked team amongst the six nations competing in the event. The Indian  men’s team is ranked 10th while the women’s team is ranked 13th in the world rankings.


Speaking on the partnership, Mr.  Leandro Negre, President of FIH, said, “I am delighted to see Hero MotoCorp come  on board as the title sponsor of the Olympic qualifiers. It’s a crucial chance  for India to qualify for London and I'm sure the Indian team and hockey fans  everywhere also welcome their support. Hero are ideal partners for hockey and  FIH in that they really help us promote the event and hockey in India.   Their promotion for the FIH Hockey World Cup in 2010 was fundamental in  leading to a renaissance of hockey enthusiasm in India and we hope that the Hero  FIH Road to London will build on that.”


The India leg of the Hero FIH Road to  London Olympic qualifiers will feature the men’s national field hockey teams  from India, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Canada and France. The Indian National  women’s hockey team will play against South Africa, Canada, Italy, Poland and  Ukraine.


The tournament will be aired on Ten  Sports and will be viewed by hockey fans LIVE in India and across 80 countries  globally.


In 2010, Hero  MotoCorp started its partnership with FIH, by bringing the coveted men’s hockey  world cup event to India, titled “Hero Honda FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2010”.  The company executed an inspiring multi media campaign, “Phir Dil Do Hockey  Ko” featuring young achievers such as Hero brand ambassadors – cricketer  Virender Sehwag, Olympic silver medallist shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and  popular Hindi movie actor Priyanka Chopra. Further aligning with the company’s  objective of long-term promotion of the game at the grassroots level, Hero  MotoCorp also organized pan-India inter-school Hockey tournaments.


Commune Sports  & Entertainment is the commercial representative of FIH in  India.


                        

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Vast difference in Olympic experience at Men’s tournament in Delhi



The six participants in the Hero FIH Road to London tournament in Delhi (February 18 to 26) have a vast array of Olympic experience: while host team India can boast an impressive collection of Olympic medals, France have participated in nine Games, but not any more since 1972, Canada and Poland have respectively played in six and five Games, but always with modest results, while Italy and Singapore have been away from the Olympic competition for more than fifty years.


At the top of the list is of course India, with 18 participations. They did not qualify for the 2008 Games in Beijing but had previously participated in every Olympic Games since their first appearance at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. India collected a record 8 Gold Medals, with an uninterrupted series of 6 victories between 1928 and 1956. They have also won 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals, but their last honours were back in 1980 in Moscow, when the competition was marred by the boycott of most top hockey teams.

India participated 4 times in an Olympic Qualifier, earning their qualification for the big show 3 times (1991, 1995 and 2004) but failed in dramatic fashion vs. Great-Britain in the 2008 Olympic Qualifier in Santiago, Chile.


France participated in 9 Olympic Games, mostly in the earlier competitions and always with modest results. Their best finish was 4th in 1936 in Berlin. Their last participation was in 1972 in Munich. One of the stalwarts of the French team at the time was Gilles VERRIER; his son Frederic is now one of the veterans of the French team at this Olympic Qualifier in Delhi.

France participated twice in an Olympic Qualifier (1991 and 2008) but were unsuccessful both times.


Canada participated in 6 Olympic Games, with regular appearances since their first participation in 1964 in Tokyo. They have however never finished higher than 10th, a standings that they reached in 1976 in Montreal, in 1984 in Los Angeles, in 2000 in Sydney and again in 2008 in Beijing.

Canada participated three times in an Olympic Qualifier (1991, 1995 and 2004) but were never successful to earn their Olympic berth this way.


Poland participated in 5 Olympic Games, but only once in the last seven competitions, when they finished at the bottom of the standings in 2000 in Sydney. They earned this 2000 Olympic berth through a Qualifier but were unsuccessful in their two other attempts (2004 and 2008).

Italy participated twice in the Olympic Games, but the last time was at home in Rome in 1960 when they finished 13th (out of 16 teams).


Singapore appeared only once in an Olympic competition, in 1956 in Melbourne.


The current format of the Olympic Qualifier is ruthless, with only one team earning a berth for London while the other five squads will go home with shattered Olympic dreams.


India has participated in 18 Olympic Games
2004 - Athens7thof 12 participants
2000 - Sydney7thof 12 participants
1996 - Atlanta8thof 12 participants
1992 - Barcelona7thof 12 participants
1988 - Seoul6thof 12 participants
1984 - Los Angeles5thof 12 participants
1980 - Moscow1stof 6 participants
1976 - Montreal7thof 11 participants
1972 - Munich3rdof 16 participants
1968 - Mexico City3rdof 16 participants
1964 - Tokyo1stof 15 participants
1960 - Rome2ndof 16 participants
1956 - Melbourne1stof 12 participants
1952 - Helsinki1stof 12 participants
1948 - London1stof 13 participants
1936 - Berlin1stof 11 participants
1932 - Los Angeles1stof 3 participants
1928 - Amsterdam1stof 9 participants

France has participated in 9 Olympic Games
1972 - Munich12thof 16 participants
1968 - Mexico10thof 16 participants
1960 - Rome10thof 16 participants
1952 - HelsinkiUnclassified (12 participants)
1948 - LondonUnclassified (13 participants)
1936 - Berlin4thof 11 participants
1928 - AmsterdamUnclassified (9 participants)
1920 – Antwerp4thof 4 participants
1908 - London6thof 6 participants

Canada has participated in 6 Olympic Games
2008 - Beijing10thof 12 participants
2000 - Sydney10thof 12 participants
1988 - Seoul11thof 12 participants
1984 – Los Angeles10thof 12 participants
1976 - Montreal10thof 11 participants
1964 - TokyoUnclassified (15 participants)

Poland has participated in 5 Olympic Games
2000 - Sydney12thof 12 participants
1980 - Moscow4thof 6 participants
1972 - Munich11thof 16 participants
1960 - Rome12thof 16 participants
1952 - Helsinki6thof 12 participants

Italy has participated in 2 Olympic Games
1960 - Rome13thof 16 participants
1952 - HelsinkiUnclassified (12 participants)

Singapore has participated in 1 Olympic Games
1956 - Melbourne8thof 12 participants


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Delhi FIH Road to London tournament (men) in numbers



The average age of the 108 players participating in the Men’s Hero FIH Road to London Olympic Qualifier in Delhi is 24.8 years old. The youngest team is Singapore (21), more than two years younger on average than India (23), while the two oldest teams are Canada (just over 27 years old) and Poland (just under 27).


Italian Agustin NUNEZ is the oldest player at 39, five months older than Canadian Rob SHORT (39 as well) with Ken PEREIRA, also from Canada, not far behind at 38.

Muhammad Shafiq ABDUL RASHID, from Singapore, is the youngest player at 18 (born on December 4, 1993), only two days younger that Indian Uthappa  SANNUVANDA KUSHALAPPA. No less than 6 other players in the Singapore  squad are 18 years old. Altogether, there are 14 teenagers in the competition (3 for FRA, 3 for IND, 8 for SIN).


The average number of International Caps is 70 (official numbers have not been provided for the Singaporean squad). The team with the least international experience is Italy (with an average of 21 international Caps), while the most experienced team is Canada (with an average of 109 International Caps), followed by India (84).

The most capped player in the competition is Canadian Ken PEREIRA, with 342 international appearances, only two more than his teammate Rob SHORT.  The two Canadians made their debut in the National Team back in 1994 and  have participated in 2 Olympic Games (2000 in Sydney and 2008 in  Beijing). Each of them has nearly as many Caps as the entire Italian  squad (381).


There are only 2 other players with more than 200 International Caps: Ignace TIRKEY (236) and Tushar KHANDKER (202), both from India. There also 7 other players with more than 150 Caps (2 from CAN, 1 from IND and 4  from POL), with Canadian Scott TUPPER joining the club on his first  match of the competition.

At the other end of the experience spectrum, Rogier TRIP (Canada) is  the only player making his international debut in this competition  (Singapore not considered).


8 players in the tournament have played in Olympic Games before: 6 in the Canadian squad (Mark PEARSON, Ken PEREIRA, Scott SANDISON, Rob SHORT, Sukhwinder “Gabbar” SINGH and Scott TUPPER) and 2 in the Indian squad (Ignace TIRKEY and Sandeep SINGH). Ken PEREIRA and  Rob SHORT are the only ones to have competed in more than oneOlympic competition (2000 and 2008).

Hockey is a family affair in the French squad, with the 3 GENESTET brothers (Hugo, Martin and Tom) and the 2 MARTIN-BRISAC brothers (Nicolas and Simon).

Only 1 player will celebrate his birthday during the tournament: Ignacio SALAS, ITA, will turn 24 on February 22.


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