The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has confirmed that Spain women and New Zealand men have officially accepted invitations to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games hockey events.
This now confirms the 12 team line-ups for both the men’s and women’s hockey events for next year’s Olympics, and following last week’s FIH World Rankings update, the pools are now set.
In women’s Pool A, defending Olympic and reigning world champions Netherlands, ranked number 1 in the FIH World Rankings, will face 2015 Hockey World League runners up New Zealand (ranked 4 in the World Rankings); China (5); Germany (8); Korea (9) and Spain (14).
In women’s Pool B, 2015 Hockey World League champions Argentina (2) will face Australia (3); Great Britain (6 – based on England’s ranking); USA (7); Japan (10) and India (13).
In the men’s event, Pool A sees reigning World and Hockey World League champions Australia, currently ranked number one in the world, face Great Britain (4 – based on England’s ranking); 2015 Hockey World League runners up Belgium (5); New Zealand (8); Spain (11) and hosts Brazil (32).
In Pool B of the men’s event, world number two ranked Netherlands will play defending Olympic champions Germany (3); Argentina (6); India (7); Ireland (12) and Canada (14).
The full match schedule for all the pool games and play-off stages will be confirmed later in February.
Spain women and New Zealand men were invited to participate following the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) decision to reject invitations for South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games Hockey Events Pools
Pool A Pool B
NED (1) ARG (2)
NZL (4) AUS (3)
CHN (5) GBR (6)
GER (8) USA (7)
KOR (9) JPN (10)
ESP (14) IND (13)
Pool A Pool B
AUS (1) NED (2)
GBR (4) GER (3)
BEL (5) ARG (6)
NZL (8) IND (7)
ESP (11) IRL (12)
BRA (32) CAN (14)