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India’s women hockey team qualifies for 2016 Olympic Games

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New Delhi, Aug.29 : The Indian women’s hockey team has qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

It qualified after England defeated Spain in the semi-finals of the Euro Hockey Championships in London, which means that the only teams which can now win the event – Netherlands or England – have already qualified for Rio through the World League Semi-Finals.

The Indian team required these two teams to reach the final of the European Championships in order to confirm their qualification.

The International Hockey Federation said on its website that the winner of the Euro Hockey Championships will qualify for the Olympics as European continental champions, opening up a further qualification spot which India has secured as the team which had ranked highest among the not qualified teams at the World League Semi-Finals.

The Indian women’s only previous qualification for the Games was in 1980, when they had finished fourth.

The Indian Men’s team has already qualified for the next year’s Games.

ANI