Things to know about the hockey competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics:
THE ABSOLUTE BASICS
- For both men’s and women’s hockey, 12 nations will compete in two groups of six. The top four teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals.
- Each team plays with 11 players and rolling substitutions are allowed.
- The games last 60 minutes, they are played in four periods of 15 minutes.
HOW MANY MEDALS?
One gold in each tournament.
WHAT HAPPENED IN RÍO?
Argentina became the first South American team to secure Olympic gold in the men’s tournament after their victory over Belgium in the final.
In the women’s tournament, Great Britain dethroned tournament favorite Netherlands in a shootout to take home their first Olympic gold medal in women’s hockey.
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN TOKYO?
Defending champions Argentina will be back in the fight, but Belgium, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and India are the most likely contenders for the medal.
In the women’s tournament, Great Britain is the favorite after taking gold and bronze in the previous two games with the Netherlands, champions in 2008 and 2012, and is expected to push them to the end.
The men from Japan, who made their last Olympic appearance at the 1968 Mexico City Games, have qualified as hosts this time.
WHEN IS IT HAPPENING?
From July 24 to August 6
WHERE IS IT HAPPENING?
At the Oi hockey stadium, which was recently built in a park near Tokyo Bay.
HOW DO WE GET HERE?
Hockey became an Olympic sport at the 1908 London Games. It has been to all the Olympic Games since then except the 1912 and 1924 Games. The women’s tournament was added at the 1980 Moscow Games.
WELL FANCY THAT
Matches will be played primarily in the morning and evening, reportedly due to concerns about the impact that the sweltering heat of Tokyo’s summer could have on players, as well as clearance for planes to use a route. flight over Tokyo to Haneda airport, which is about 5 km away. from the hockey place.
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