Aussie field hockey teams face lack of games before Olympics

Australia’s traditionally strong Olympic field hockey teams are having trouble playing competitive matches ahead of the Tokyo Games

It means the upcoming doubleheaders between Australia and New Zealand that were scheduled for April 24 and 25 in Perth will not go ahead.

Both Australian teams were scheduled to travel to Europe for matches against Spain, the Netherlands, and Germany in May, but those games have also been postponed.

But the men’s Kookaburras and women’s Hockeyroos have not played an international match since March 7 of last year.

“The Kookaburras and Hockeyroos have shown phenomenal resilience and adaptability in continuing their preparations for Tokyo without any international matches in over a year,” Hockey Australia chief executive Matt Favier said Thursday. “This lead-up to an Olympics is unprecedented and it is too much of a risk sending teams to Europe this far out from the Games.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and the possibilities of playing any internationals knowing how critical they are for our national teams. We are hopeful they will have the opportunity to play on home soil again before they head to Tokyo in July.”

Argentina won the men’s gold field hockey medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Britain took the women’s gold.


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