The first Olympic games were held in ancient Greece as a step toward peace - it gave a chance to the many warring city-states to prove their worth in sports rather than the battlefield, without bloodshed. The tradition of the Olympic Games was revived in 1894 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and this led to the organization of the first modern-day Olympics in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Since then, athletes from all over the world gather every four years in a host country to measure their expertise, skill, and strength most peacefully and fairly possible. Field hockey joined the roster of the Summer Olympics in 1928 - it was played at the 1908 event but later dropped, and only reinstated after the creation of its international governing body, "Fédération Internationale de Hockey Sur Gazon" (FIH). The variant played on the ice was part of the Summer Olympics in 1920, by the way, then moved to the Winter Olympics in 1924. Both sports have been part of the Olympic Games ever since.
Let's see what hockey events we can expect to see at the 2020 Summer Olympics hosted by Japan.
Qualifications for the Summer Olympics took place in the last couple of years through a variety of top-level competitions in their respective areas. Japan is automatically qualified as the games' host, Argentina qualified as the winner of the 2019 Pan American Games, Belgium as the winner of the 2019 EuroHockey Championship, Australia, as the winner of the 2019 Oceania Cup, and Canada, Germany, Great Britain, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Spain, at the 2019 FIH Olympic Qualifiers that took place late last year.
Africa will be represented by the South African hockey team that won the 2019 African Olympic Qualifier, defeating the teams of Kenya, Egypt, Namibia, and Ghana, among others (Nigeria and Uganda both withdrew from the competition). But fear not, even without the Kenyan team travelling to Tokyo, Betway Kenya offers Hockey betting
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On the women's' front, the teams we'll have the chance to see in Tokyo are from Japan, Argentina, South Africa, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, China, Germany, the UK, India, Ireland, and Spain.
12 teams are competing in the Group Stage of the Olympics, divided into two six-team groups, as follows: Australia, Argentina, India, Spain, New Zealand, and Japan are in Group A, while Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and South Africa are in Group B. The four best teams of each group will proceed to the Knockout Stage. The women's competition will proceed similarly.
The quarter-finals of the competition will take place on August 2nd, followed by the semi-finals on August 4th, and the finals on August 6th (together with the match for the bronze medal held on the same day), and the women's competitions will take place one day after the men's.
In the last edition of the Summer Olympics, Argentina won the Gold Medal in the men's competition, followed by Belgium, and Germany, while Great Britain won the women's Gold, followed by the Netherlands, and Germany.