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SASCOC congratulates women’s hockey side
- Updated: February 25, 2012
SASCOC on Saturday congratulated the South African women’s hockey team on qualifying for the Olympic Games in London later this year.
South Africa beat India 3-1 in the final of the Olympic Qualifying tournament in New Delhi, India to earn their place in the global showpiece.
They ended the tournament unbeaten, their only dropped points being in a draw against Italy.
“Congratulations are in order to our girls,” said the South African Olympic governing body’s CEO Tubby Reddy on Saturday. “Many people said that we set our qualifying standards too high but they have proved that they are worthy of their spot. Here’s hoping the team go from strength now and continue their fine work as they build up to London.”
SASCOC President Gideon Sam was also jubilant after the game that saw coach Giles Bonnet and captain Marsha Marescia’s squad tick all the boxes on their qualification route.
“Well done to Giles, Marsha, all the players and support staff. We knew you had the ability to make the squad for the 2012 London Olympics.
“Yes, the standards set were high, but having come through this tough and challenging qualifying route, you will no doubt have even more confidence in your ability to do well for your country in London.
“Congratulations and rest assured, South Africans all over the world will be joining you in your joy today and supporting you on the road ahead to London.”
The hockey team now join the codes of women’s football, canoeing, rowing, athletics (marathon) and road cycling who have already qualified athletes for the Games.
In their last three Olympic Games, South Africa ended 10th, 9th and 11th respectively in 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens) and 2008 (Beijing).
SASCOC and the hockey federation were also congratulated by Mr Robin Petersen, CEO of national footballing body SAFA, on the qualification of the women’s hockey team.