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Athens Games hockey pools

April 21, 2004 19:15 IST

Eight-time champions India have been drawn in Pool B for the men's hockey tournament at the XXVIII Olympic Games, to be held in Athens this August.

Other teams in the pool, announced by the International Hockey Federation on Wednesday, include Argentina, Australia, defending Olympic champions The Netherlands, New Zealand and South Africa.

India qualified for the Olympics by virtue of a fourth place finish in the Olympic qualifier in Madrid last month.

South Africa's inclusion in the tournament is subject to the outcome of a case in the Court of Arbitration of Sport, which will hear an appeal by the Hellenic Hockey Federation in relation to its participation in the Games, in Lausanne on May 19, 2004.

The Pools: 

Men's tournament:

Pool A
Egypt
Germany
Great Britain
Korea
Pakistan
Spain

Pool B
Argentina
Australia
India
Netherlands
New Zealand
South Africa **

** Subject to the outcome of the CAS Arbitration

Women's tournament

Pool A
Argentina
China
Japan
New Zealand
Spain

Pool B
Australia
Germany
Korea
Netherlands
South Africa

The pools have been composed in compliance with the FIH Tournament Regulations, which are available on www.WorldHockey.org.

As soon as the match schedule for the women's competition is confirmed, there will be a joint press statement issued by ATHOC and FIH. However, the match schedule for the men's competition will not be finalised until the decision of CAS is known.


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