SA hockey teams will not compete in Rio 2016 Olympics
Sascoc has informed SA hockey that both the male & female teams will not be permitted to compete.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has made a final decision today, announcing that both the men's and women's teams will not travel to Rio.
Today, the South African Hockey Association received a letter from Sascoc in which it stated the decision that the national teams will not be permitted to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Both teams qualified earlier this month for the Olympic Games after being crowned the African champions at the Greenfields African Hockey Championships that took place in Randburg.
In a statement to the media, the SA Hockey Association said Sascoc had taken a hard line with it and insisted that the national hockey team qualify via the Hockey World League round three event and would not consider the additional option available to the team of qualifying via the continental competition.
The association said in all discussions it continuously presented the argument that the criteria proposed was unachievable due to a number of factors, and that the criteria in fact would be an automatic exclusion of the two national hockey teams should the criteria remain.
The final set criteria presented for signatory remained unchanged in spite of the contestations made by SA Hockey and remained non-negotiable. SA Hockey signed this agreement as a 'fait accompli'.
SA Hockey has apologised to the hockey community for "failing to ensure that the SA Hockey teams remain on SA's Olympic campaign".