India pooled alongside Germany, Netherlands for Rio

Besides Germany and Netherlands, the team Sardar Singh and his men defeated en route to the bronze medal in the Hockey World League Final earlier this month, other teams in India’s pool — Pool B — are Argentina (ranked 6th), Ireland (12) and Canada (14).

India, and Netherlands, the team they beat in the Hockey World League Final for a bronze medal, are in the same pool.   -  Getty Images

Eight-time champions India have been clubbed alongside title holders Germany and world No. 2 Netherlands in Pool B at the men’s hockey competitons of 2016 Rio Olympics. Besides, Germany and Netherlands, the team Sardar Singh and his men defeated en route to the bronze medal in the Hockey World League Final earlier this month, other teams in India’s pool are Argentina (ranked 6th), Ireland (12) and Canada (14).

The teams in Pool A are reigning world and Hockey World League champions Australia, currently ranked number one in the world, Great Britain (4), 2015 Hockey World League runners up Belgium (5); New Zealand (8); Spain (11) and hosts Brazil (32). The hockey event in Rio Olympics will be played according to the new format, i.e, knockout quarterfinal round, and India just need to beat lower-ranked Ireland and Canada to qualify for the last eight stage.

Meanwhile, the Indian eves, the lowest ranked team in Rio, have been placed along side Argentina (2), Australia (3), Great Britain (6), USA (7) and Japan (10) in Pool B. Pool A in the women’s section consists of defending Olympic and reigning world champions Netherlands, 2015 Hockey World League runners up New Zealand (4), China (5), Germany (8), Korea (9) and Spain (14).

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed the line-up yesterday after Spain women and New Zealand men teams officially accepted invitations to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games hockey events. Spain women and New Zealand men were invited to participate following the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee’s (SASCOC) decision to reject invitations for South Africa’s men’s and women’s hockey teams, a statement from the FIH read.