South African Hockey Association (SAHA) president Dave Carr says that his meeting with SASCOC on Friday was extremely fruitful. "I can confirm that we will be going to the Olympics," stated the president.
"I met with SASCOC on Friday and the meeting was very positive. We will be going to the Olympics, if we meet certain selection criteria both SASCOC and SAHA have agreed to," Carr said.
Explaining what had been discussed he said, "SASCOC have been very accommodating and they have given us numbers for players of colour, quotas or targets – whatever you want to call it. In the men’s team there will be six to eight players of colour selected and in the women five to eight."
Carr said he wasn’t sure how the criteria had been worked out. "To give you some background I took both national captains Bruce Jacobs and Marsha Marescia to meet with SASCOC some time ago, and they were asked how many players of colour they thought could make the squad on merit."
"Marsha said five for the women and Bruce said six for the men." Carr said that for previous tournaments, like the Commonwealth Games, SASCOC had stipulated "50-50" representation, but this time they had given SAHA some latitude in selecting their teams.
Carr continued to say that at this stage it appeared that hockey would be the only team sport that would be representing SA. "As far as I know we are the only team sport to have qualified. I know the baseball team will playing their qualifiers soon but as it stands we are the only confirmed team sport."