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SASCOC congratulate men’s hockey side

South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC on Sunday congratulated our men’s hockey side for qualifying for the Olympic Games in London later this year.

South Africa sealed their spot at the Games courtesy of a 2-1 win over the host nation Japan at the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Kakamigahara on Sunday morning.

Second half goals by Thornton McDade and Lloyd Norris-Jones sealed South Africa’s spot and they will now join the South African women’s side in London. The women booked their spot when they beat India 3-1 in their Olympic qualifying tournament in New Delhi, India in March.

“That sure was nerve-racking,” said SASCOC President Gideon Sam after watching the match. “It was a great win for the boys and it’s great to have them joining us in London later this year. We set down tough qualifying conditions for them but they have now fully justified their spot on Team South Africa.

“I must say that SAHA President, Mr Dave Carr, backed both his men’s and women’s teams and that’s why SA Hockey agreed to the criteria. It brought the best out of both the teams and that’s encouraging. Hopefully more of the National Federation presidents will see the setting of qualifying criteria in a more positive light now.”

Both the men’s and women’s side won their continental qualifying tournaments but were required to fulfil further obligations to seal their place.

Said SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy. “We were criticised for laying down these additional criteria but I think the fact that both our sides have risen to the task and qualified now justifies our decision.

“There’s no doubting that the two sides are worthy additions to Team South Africa in London and hopefully they will go on to even greater things now.”


14 Comments

  1. Wendy Henderson

    May 8, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Please just make sure that these men get sponsored as they have earned their place and need the support of this country.

  2. Anonymous

    May 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Is SASCOC going to reimburse the players who had to finance this additional criteria themselves? The time will come when this awesome group of players will be broken up due to the financial constraints… Thanks for nothing!

  3. Etienne

    May 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    “Hopefully more of the National Federation presidents will see the setting of qualifying criteria in a more positive light now.” Now that’s a silly statement. Nothing positive about your criteria. You’re are preventing our athletes from improving by depriving them of competition. You, as a organization, are the biggest single hindrance to development in the country.

    But, of course, that’s just detail.

    Btw who is SASCCO? See them mentioned in the article.

  4. trevor madsen

    May 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    the should only be 1 rule for Olympics and Commonwealth Games. “IF YOU QUALIFY, YOU GO”. What is the qualifying critea for all the officials that go???

  5. Solly

    May 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I think the communication of what constitutes a qualifying event is more important so NSA and athletes alike can plan accordingly and make the necessary plans to compete at the correct event, rather than having to go to both. If the continental championship is not deemed a high enough standard, to make a cash strapped organization spend money to attend is not right.

    Failing which, if you place extra criteria on top, then you should foot the bill! I wonde what qualifying criteria were laid down for the team of “supporters” who will no doubt be in London as part of the gravy train….makes you think.

  6. Solly

    May 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    I think the communication of what constitutes a qualifying event is more important so NSA and athletes alike can plan accordingly and make the necessary plans to compete at the correct event, rather than having to go to both.

    If the continental championship is not deemed a high enough standard, to make a cash strapped organization spend money to attend is not right.

    Failing which, if you place extra criteria on top, then you should foot the bill!

    I wonder what qualifying criteria were laid down for the team of “supporters” who will no doubt be in London as part of the gravy train….makes you think.

  7. mike ellison

    May 8, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Its a great pity that we have sascoc administrators who have no idea of the concept of achievement and being the very best that you can be, you may not be the best in the world but you are the best that SA has to offer and the African continent, therefore you go to the Olympics, period, and I thought political meddling in sport was over, it will be very interesting to see how many official hangers on accompany the Olympic team, courtesy of the taxpayers and lottery no doubt. viva, viva ?

  8. Rob Keith

    May 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Shame on Tubby Reddy for feeling justified for putting our boys to this test – how many SASCOC administrators will be paying for their own airfare and accommodation in London.

    Thank you Mr Price for your contributions.

    Congratulations SA Hockey Men and Woman! If only our sporting “decision makers” were as worthy of going to the Olympics as you have proven to be!

  9. anonymous

    May 9, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Why did Banyana Banyana not have to fullfil additional qualifying criteria? SASCOC is full of (insert appropriate adjective here).

  10. trevor madsen

    May 9, 2012 at 5:36 am

    SASCOC’s new slogan: “IF YOU QUALIFY ACCORDING TO THE OLYMPIC INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATION STANDARDS, THEN YOU GO”……. We wish!!!!

  11. Chris

    May 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations on qualifying. There is a cool opportunity for family members of Olympians, for free accommodation during the Olympics. Have a look at the web sight. staywimi.com/morethangold

  12. george

    May 26, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    SASCOC are such douchebags to the hockey teams, they are just lucky the hockey teams qualified for the olympics

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